Song of the Wave
- Richard Edwin Brooks (American, Braintree, Massachusetts 1865–1919 Washington, D.C.)
- 1895, cast 1904
- 12 1/2 x 14 3/8 x 10 3/8 in. (31.8 x 36.5 x 26.4 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1911
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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.