- Richard Edwin Brooks (American, Braintree, Massachusetts 1865–1919 Washington, D.C.)
- 1896, cast 1904
- 23 x 11 3/8 x 10 1/2 in. (58.4 x 28.9 x 26.7 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1911
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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.