51.1 x 21.6 x 16.5 cm (20 1/8 x 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches)
Jesse Metcalf Fund
Modeled from life in the artist’s studio in Paris, this sculptural bust of a woman would have appealed predominantly to European audiences drawn to exoticized representations of other cultures. The model’s heavy-lidded eyes, parted lips, and lightweight drapery reinforce such stereotypes, but the realism and pose create a strong impression of individuality and dignity.
Cordier’s sculptures often incorporated colored stone and precious metal finishes. Here, warm skin tones are evoked by the use of a fine silver patina over the bronze cast.