Seated Female Figure

Evelyn Beatrice Longman American
Cast by Roman Bronze Works

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

Longman executed “Seated Female Figure” as a companion piece to “Torso of a Woman” (12.52). The crossed legs, extended truncated arms, and twist of the body add an element of dynamism not found in its more subdued pendant. By deliberately choosing to render an incomplete figure, Longman joined a corps of turn-of-the-twentieth-century artists, most notably French sculptor Auguste Rodin, who relied on the part to imply the whole. The bronze surface of “Seated Female Figure” was chemically treated to give it an “antique” patina then popular with American sculptors.

Seated Female Figure, Evelyn Beatrice Longman (American, Winchester, Ohio 1874–1954 Osterville, Massachusetts), Bronze, American

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