Seated female nude

Auguste Rodin French

Not on view

With her crown of grapes and falling drapery, this figure looks like a bacchante—a female follower of Bacchus, god of wine—and recalls Rodin’s early terracotta bust Bacchante 1975.312.7. Her static, seated pose also evokes a type of ancient Greek terracotta statuette known as a Tanagra figurine (after the site where many were found). Cast from molds, they were popular among collectors, including Rodin, in late nineteenth-century France. The terracotta tone of this watercolor is tempered by a thin application of white gouache.

Seated female nude, Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon), Graphite, watercolor, and gouache

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