Sculpture of a Bather

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.

Title
Sculpture of a Bather
Artist
Founder
Date
ca. 1916-1918
Location
Dimensions
64 143 18 in. (15.310.87.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of LaSalle Spier

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – full length
  • Figure female – nude
  • Recreation – leisure – grooming
Object Number
1980.124.10
Palette
Linked Open Data
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