Eva Rohr

Augustus Saint-Gaudens American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

The American singer Eva Rohr was studying opera in Rome when Saint-Gaudens depicted her playing the part of Marguerite in Charles Gounod’s opera Faust. The character was associated with innocence and purity – themes reinforced by her demure downward gaze and the crucifix around her neck. The inscription on the Gothic-style pedestal is an English translation of Marguerite’s first words to Faust, in which she chastely rebukes her impassioned suitor’s offer to accompany her home.

Eva Rohr, Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire), Marble, American

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