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Sculpture of a Bather

ca. 1916-1918 Arthur B. Davies Born: Utica, New York 1862 Died: Florence, Italy 1928 Roman Bronze Works (Founder) bronze 6 x 4 1/4 x 3 1/8 in. (15.3 x 10.8 x 7.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of LaSalle Spier 1980.124.10 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46B

Luce Center Label

Although Arthur Davies was primarily a painter, he experimented with different media, including lithography, textiles, and sculpture. After the influential 1913 Armory Show, Davies began carving a series of figures out of cedar blocks. In 1918 these figures were cast in Paris and brought back to America to be sold. Sculpture of a Bather is typical of Davies’ subject matter, in which nude females are placed in a distant, Eden-like paradise, simultaneously projecting innocence and sexuality.


Figure female - full length

Figure female - nude

Recreation - leisure - grooming


metal - bronze