Sculpture of a Bather

  • Roman Bronze Works, Arthur B. Davies, Sculpture of a Bather, ca. 1916-1918, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of LaSalle Spier, 1980.124.10

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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
Artists
Date
ca. 1916-1918
On View
Dimensions
6 x 4 1/4 x 3 1/8 in. (15.3 x 10.8 x 7.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of LaSalle Spier

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – full length
  • Figure female – nude
  • Recreation – leisure – grooming
Object Number
1980.124.10
Palette
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