Young Faun with Heron
Frederick William MacMonnies American
MacMonnies produced a large bronze "Young Faun with Heron" for Naumkeag, a house in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, designed by Stanford White for Ambassador and Mrs. Joseph H. Choate. The ancient pagan motif of a child wrestling with a bird is recapitulated in this dynamic reduction. The taunting faun, identified as such only by its wreath of leaves, firmly grasps the heron’s neck and restrains one of its legs. The bird protests by clenching its talons and opening its beak, perhaps to emit a cry. Its richly textured feathers contrast with the faun’s lithe form and supple flesh.
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