Fisher Girl

  • William Randolph Barbee, Fisher Girl, ca. 1858, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1968.140

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William Randolph Barbee created Fisher Girl while working in Florence, Italy, around 1858. Barbee returned to the United States soon after and enjoyed great acclaim for this sculpture. Owing to its popularity in the United States, Fisher Girl was copied several times over the years. Barbee created the figure’s idealized body in the neoclassical style, inspired by the ancient Greek and Roman works he encountered in Italy. Her modest pose and fish net, however, are rendered in a natural, lifelike way that charmed Barbee's early audience. One contemporary critic from the New York Leader described the mesh Fisher Girl holds as "one of the most perfect triumphs of the chisel."
Title
Fisher Girl
Artist
Date
ca. 1858
On View
Dimensions
32 1/8 x 31 7/8 x 23 5/8 in. (81.6 x 80.9 x 59.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
marble
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – full length
  • Figure female – nude
  • Occupation – industry – fishing
Object Number
1968.140
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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