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The Virgin

Andrew O'Connor (American, Worcester, Massachusetts 1874–1941 Dublin)
1906, cast 1909
17 1/4 x 8 x 9 in. (43.8 x 20.3 x 22.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
The ideal female head was a common theme in O’Connor’s oeuvre during his first Parisian tenure (1904-14). The sculptor’s wife, Jessie, was a frequent model these pieces and quite likely posed for this bust. The physiognomy of the expressionless Virgin, although simplified and stylized, corresponds to contemporary photographs and portrait busts of Jessie O’Connor. O’Connor representation of the Virgin is distinguished by her long hair and ridged nose. According to the sculptor, it is a unique work. This head was exhibited in 1910 at the International Art Exposition in Venice and in 1917-18 in a solo show at Jacques Seligmann Company in New York.
Signature: [right side]: O'CONNOR
the artist, 1909–18
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