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Evening

Artist:
Frederick Wellington Ruckstull (American, (born France) Breitenbach, 1853–1942 New York)
Date:
1887; carved 1891
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
72 1/2 x 20 x 20 in. (184.2 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Amelia B. Lazarus Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.125
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 700
Ruckstull intended “Evening” to portray an ideal, rather than a specific being. It illustrates his observation that “[e]verything in nature folds at evening.” The voluptuous figure in a contrapposto stance tucks her face under her raised, bent right arm, and her drowsy, distant expression suggests the approach of sleep.
Signature: [right side of base]: F. W. Ruckstuhl. / Paris - 1891

Inscription: [back of base]: LE-SOIR •
the artist; Mr. and Mrs. Otto E. Forster; the artist, until 1920
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