- Gallery Text
The objects in this case present different visions of the female body. Statuette or vessel, funerary offering or object of worship, decorative feature or conscious work of art, they would have elicited very different — though not mutually exclusive — responses when seen in their original contexts. Some called for symbolic or religious understanding and were used in ritual, such as the Cycladic figure; others invited their viewers to reconstruct a narrative scenario, such as the Aphrodite binding her sandal; whereas yet others offered visceral aesthetic, sensual, and perhaps even tactile delight. One of the bodies here — Lachaise’s Woman Bending Backward — is not from the ancient world, but, like many other European and American works, depends very much on Greco-Roman models and ideals, even as it distances itself from them, for example with a pose not known from representations of women in antiquity.
- Identification and Creation
Level 3, Room 3200, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Art, Classical Sculpture
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- Physical Descriptions
- 12.7 x 22.9 x 10.2 cm (5 x 9 x 4 in.)
- Inscriptions and Marks
- Signed: On base: G.Lachaise, Signed Date: 1926
- Artist, sold; to Georgia O'Keeffe, acquired by 1929; Lois Orswell, acquired 1946(?), gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1995.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Lois Orswell
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Modern and Contemporary Art
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- Publication History
Marjorie B. Cohn and Sarah Kianovsky, Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2002), cat. no. 95, fig. 33, pp. 74-75, 325, 373
- Exhibition History
20th Century Abstract Painting and Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, 04/16/1947 - 05/18/1947
Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/21/2002 - 02/16/2003
32Q: 3200 West Arcade, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
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