Raymond Duchamp-Villon Roman Bronze Works
Roman Bronze Works, foundry
Seated Woman, cast 1915
Bronze, gold wash
71.1 x 20.3 x 24.1 cm (28 x 8 x 9 1/2 inches)
Mary B. Jackson Fund and Museum Membership Fund 67.089
Duchamp-Villon’s Seated Woman offers a modern reaction to the modeled forms of traditional sculpture. The artist constructed the female figure using a pared-down geometric vocabulary to represent her head, torso, and limbs. Her parts, streamlined and patinated to constitute a machine-tooled body, resemble the uniformly turned wooden components of a jointed artist’s mannequin. In 1914 Duchamp-Villon exhibited a dark bronze cast of this sculpture in Paris, then sold the plaster model to New York collector John Quinn. Following the artist’s directions, Quinn had this model cast at the Roman Bronze Works in Brooklyn, New York.