Springtime

Copied Jean Baptiste Carpeaux, Springtime, 1871, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.8.395
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Artwork Details

Title
Springtime
Date
1871
Dimensions
191412 in. (48.335.630.5 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of John Gellatly
Mediums
Mediums Description
marble
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female — bust
Object Number
1929.8.395

Artwork Description

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux created this sculpture personifying the season of spring in 1871, when he was working on small editions and busts in order to make money during the Franco-Prussian War. The figure’s smile and engaging pose create a lighthearted image, as if she is looking back and laughing at the receding cold of winter. Carpeaux carved intricate flowers and leaves into the girl’s hair and dress to evoke the bright new growth of the season.