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Seated Female Figure

Artist:
Evelyn Beatrice Longman (American, Winchester, Ohio 1874–1954 Osterville, Massachusetts)
Date:
1911
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
11 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 5 in. (29.2 x 8.9 x 12.7 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward D. Adams, 1927
Accession Number:
27.21.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
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.
Edward Dean Adams, New York, until 1927
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