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Narcissa

modeled 1901 Daniel Chester French Born: Exeter, New Hampshire 1850 Died: Stockbridge, Massachusetts 1931 cast silver 12 5/8 x 5 1/4 x 3 5/8 in. (32.2 x 13.4 x 9.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.8.509 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 19B


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Narcissa is one of many female nudes that Daniel Chester French produced during his long career. He based it on the Greek myth of the god Narcissus, who spurned the love of others and was so self-centered that the gods forced him to gaze endlessly at his own reflection in a pool of water. Unable to turn away from his image, Narcissus perished, and the gods turned him into the flower that bears his name. In French’s version, the woman holds a bowl of water that mirrors her face while she reaches up to touch the narcissus in her hair.

Keywords

Figure female - full length

Figure female - nude

Mythology - classical - Narcissus

Object - flower

Object - other - dish

sculpture

metal - silver

cast

About Daniel Chester French

Born: Exeter, New Hampshire 1850 Died: Stockbridge, Massachusetts 1931

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