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In Arcadia

ca. 1926 Bessie Potter Vonnoh Born: St. Louis, Missouri 1872 Died: New York, New York 1955 Roman Bronze Works (Founder) bronze on marble base 12 7/8 x 28 3/4 x 6 5/8 in. (32.7 x 73.1 x 16.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1994.8 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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The Roman poet Virgil described Arcadia as a paradise where gods and mortals coexisted happily, and this pastoral ideal captured the imagination of many artists in the late nineteenth century. Bessie Potter Vonnoh’s version follows the vogue for elegant, stylized figures that dominated American sculpture of the 1920s. These unmistakably modern figures represent the youthful Pan amusing his lady friend with a flute.

Keywords

Allegory - quality - harmony

Figure group

Performing arts - music - flute

Recreation - courting

sculpture

metal - bronze

stone - marble

About Bessie Potter Vonnoh

Born: St. Louis, Missouri 1872 Died: New York, New York 1955

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