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Bather

n.d. Joseph E. Renier Born: Union Hill, New Jersey 1887 Died: New York, New York 1966 marble 39 1/4 x 14 x 21 7/8 in. (99.8 x 35.5 x 55.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Renier 1967.93.80 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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In a 1967 letter, Curator of Painting and Sculpture Dr. Richard P. Wunder at the National Collection of Fine Arts (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum) wrote that Joseph Renier's Bather is "the most significant marble work by Mr. Renier that we could ever hope to acquire." (SAAM Curatorial File) In the sculpture, Renier captured a young woman during a private moment of leisure, her serene expression and relaxed body suggesting she is completely unaware of her surroundings.

Keywords

Figure female - nude

Recreation - sport and play - swimming

sculpture

stone - marble