Bessie Potter Vonnoh (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1872–1955 New York)
1902, cast 1906
12 x 8 x 10 in. (30.5 x 20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Gift of George A. Hearn, 1906
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
After returning from a trip to Paris in 1895, Vonnoh was inspired by the domestic subject matter of paintings by Mary Cassatt and sculpture by French master Auguste Rodin. In "Enthroned", Vonnoh linked the ageless mother-and-child motif with a representation of genteel turn-of-the-century life. Her modern Madonna is a refined woman ensconced in a thronelike chair with an infant resting on her lap and a daughter standing on either side. As is common in Vonnoh's sculptures, the subjects are further united through the impressionistic treatment of surface and the melting lines of flowing cloth.
Signature: [left side of base, with cast number]: Bessie Potter Vonnoh / No. VI
Marking: [foundry mark, top of base, back]: Roman Bronze Works N.Y.
Commissioned by George A. Hearn, New York, for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1906