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Springtime

1871 Jean Baptiste Carpeaux Born: Valenciennes, France 1827 Died: Courbevoie, France 1875 marble 19 x 14 x 12 in. (48.3 x 35.6 x 30.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.8.395 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 20A


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Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux created this sculpture personifying the season of spring in 1871, when he was working on small editions and busts in order to make money during the Franco-Prussian War. The figure’s smile and engaging pose create a lighthearted image, as if she is looking back and laughing at the receding cold of winter. Carpeaux carved intricate flowers and leaves into the girl’s hair and dress to evoke the bright new growth of the season.

Keywords

Allegory - season - spring

Figure female - bust

sculpture

stone - marble