The Bather

Richard Edwin Brooks American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

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.

The Bather, Richard Edwin Brooks (American, Braintree, Massachusetts 1865–1919 Washington, D.C.), Bronze, American

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