The Waters

  • Solon H. Borglum, The Waters, 1913-1914, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Monica B. Davies and Paul Borglum in memory of Mrs. M. Nash Bly, 1968.33

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Solon Borglum’s The Waters, also called The Little Lady of the Dew, was displayed in a church courtyard where the nude figure caused a sensation. Many Americans of the time considered “unclothed” statues immoral, but Borglum felt that her nudity was natural and true, like the beautiful streams, rivers, and lakes that God created. The artist designed the piece so that the woman’s graceful gestures would echo the beauty of the water.

Title
The Waters
Artists
Date
1913-1914
On View
Dimensions
13 x 11 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. (33.0 x 29.6 x 14.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Monica B. Davies and Paul Borglum in memory of Mrs. M. Nash Bly

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – element – water
  • Figure female – full length
  • Figure female – nude
Object Number
1968.33
Palette
URL
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