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Ecstasy

n.d. Francisco Albert Born: Pinoso, Spain bronze 22 3/8 x 8 x 14 3/4 in. (56.7 x 20.3 x 37.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1946.7.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 19B


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The Smithsonian American Art Museum acquired this sculpture in 1946, the same year the Museum held a large exhibition of Francisco Albert's work. Albert lived most of his life in Mexico, and this exhibition was the first significant introduction of his work to America. He worked in a variety of materials, including crystal, stone, and wood, but chose to cast many of his sculptures in bronze. Ecstasy retains the imprints of the artist's fingers as he worked over the original clay, and these intricately modeled surfaces enhance the sensuousness of the bronze figure.

Keywords

Allegory - passion - joy

Figure female - nude

State of being - emotion - happiness

sculpture

metal - bronze