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Title

Grande baigneuse accroupie

1906-1907

Artist

Émile-Antoine Bourdelle

France

30 Oct 1861 – 01 Oct 1929

  • Details

    Other Title
    Crouching bather
    Date
    1906-1907
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    bronze
    Dimensions
    101.5 x 79.0 x 115.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed lower base, incised "BOURDELLE". Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Loti & Victor Smorgon 1996
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    580.1996
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Émile-Antoine Bourdelle

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    The best and truest of Rodin's pupils and followers, Emile-Antoine Bourdelle passed the flame of Rodinesque ideals to a younger generation of sculptors, notably Alberto Giacometti and Germaine Richier. Rodin was right to call him 'a pioneer of the future'. His gift may have been of a different order than Rodin's, and a lesser one in terms of historical significance, but he was no less the visionary public sculptor, accepting monumental commissions, and pursuing them, with the same zeal as his instructor. Though Bourdelle's interest in the relationship between architecture and statuary is not paramount in 'Grande baigneuse accroupie', this most sturdy of bronzes typifies his architectonic tendency. This is sculpture conceived as mass, measured and balanced. The rolling motion and erotic mood of the figure coexist with formal considerations equally interesting to the sculptor. The historical link between Rodin's 'The prodigal son' and Giacometti's 'Femme de Venise,' Bourdelle's work also sustains scrutiny on its own terms.

    AGNSW Handbook, 1999.

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