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The Fan

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The Fan

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Bessie Potter Vonnoh
American, 1872–1955

Date

ca. 1910

Medium

Terra-cotta

Accession #

1999.89

Dimensions

11 3/8 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 304

Description

This figure of a young woman in contemporary dress—a loose tea gown gathered in the back, which ladies wore at home in the late afternoon—exemplifies the artist’s predilection for small-scale sculptures expressing themes drawn from domestic life.

Vonnoh’s quietly contemplative figure recalls the ethereal women portrayed by such fellow artists as Thomas Dewing, who was similarly inspired by the grace and elegance of ancient Greek terra-cottas excavated at Tanagra in the late 1800s.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Phoenix Society

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