The Waters

Media - 1968.33 - SAAM-1968.33_3 - 127525
Copied 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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Artwork Details

Title
The Waters
Date
1913-1914
Dimensions
1311 585 12 in. (33.029.614.0 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Monica B. Davies and Paul Borglum in memory of Mrs. M. Nash Bly
Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female — nude
Object Number
1968.33

Artwork Description

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.