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Song of the Wave

Artist:
Richard Edwin Brooks (American, Braintree, Massachusetts 1865–1919 Washington, D.C.)
Date:
1895, cast 1904
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
12 1/2 x 14 3/8 x 10 3/8 in. (31.8 x 36.5 x 26.4 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.103.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
The theme of the bather was prevalent in the late nineteenth century, since it gave an artist the opportunity to demonstrate expertise in modeling a nude figure, the most elevated in the hierarchy of subject matter and the mark of a well-trained academic sculptor. Here a graceful female sits on the shore, her right arm demurely crossed her chest. At the Paris Salon of 1895 Brooks exhibited a plaster statue entitled "Chant de la vague," probably an early version of this work, where it was accorded an honorable mention. He showed a similarly titled bronze statuette at the Salon of 1911; whether or not that bronze and the Metropolitan’s are the same object is not possible to determine, but no other casts of the sculpture have come to light.
Signature: [top of base]: Copyright 1904/ by Richard E. Brooks Paris/ cire perdue

Inscription: [between figure's left hand and hip]: Copyright 1904/ by Richard E. Brooks Paris/ cire perdue
the artist, 1904–11
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