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The Bather

Artist:
Richard Edwin Brooks (American, Braintree, Massachusetts 1865–1919 Washington, D.C.)
Date:
1896, cast 1904
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
23 x 11 3/8 x 10 1/2 in. (58.4 x 28.9 x 26.7 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.103.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
While he was in Paris, Brooks modeled and cast this statuette of a young boy atop a rock bracing himself to gauge the temperature of the water below. The subject is presented in an animated moment, and, in keeping with the artist’s Beaux-Arts training, with a composition of textural contrast among water, rock, and flesh. At the Paris Salon of 1896, Brooks exhibited a plaster statue titled “Ah! C'est froid,” probably the model for a proposed lifesize bronze.
Signature: [back of base]: copyright 1904/ by/ Richard E. Brooks/ Sc. et fondeur/ cire- perdue./ (11)
the artist, 1904–11
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