The Infanta

Jean-Joseph Carriès French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556

Carriès was an experimental sculptor who turned to ceramics, firing his pieces himself, in a range of textures and tones. The subject–a Baroque princess obsessively hugging her doll–pays tribute to Velázquez, while the "accidental" cracks were inspired by Japanese ceramics, another of his passions.

The Infanta, Jean-Joseph Carriès (French, Lyons 1855–1894 Paris), Glazed stoneware, French, Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye

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