Longman executed “Seated Female Figure” as a companion piece to “Torso of a Woman” (12.52). The crossed legs, extended truncated arms, and twist of the body add an element of dynamism not found in its more subdued pendant. By deliberately choosing to render an incomplete figure, Longman joined a corps of turn-of-the-twentieth-century artists, most notably French sculptor Auguste Rodin, who relied on the part to imply the whole. The bronze surface of “Seated Female Figure” was chemically treated to give it an “antique” patina then popular with American sculptors.
Signature: [left side of base]: EVELYN BEATRICE LONGMAN / 1911
Marking: [foundry mark, back of base]: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS. N.Y.