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 represents a modern reaction to the modeled forms of traditional realist sculpture. The artist has reformed the female figure, using a pared-down vocabulary of geometric shapes to represent her head, torso, and limbs. The woman’s body parts resemble the uniformly turned wooden components of a jointed artist’s mannequin, streamlined and gilded to resemble a machine-tooled entity. Duchamp-Villon exhibited an earlier version of Seated Woman in a Paris gallery in 1914, then sold the original plaster model to New York collector John Quinn. Following the artist’s directions, Quinn had a second version cast in bronze at the Roman Bronze Works in Brooklyn. This is the sculpture from RISD’s collection now on view. Its unique gilding, wrote Duchamp-Villon, “gives the piece its definitive appearance as I conceive it.”
Duchamp-Villon’s gold-washed Seated Woman represents a modern reaction to the modeled forms of traditional realist sculpture. The artist re-formed the female figure using a pared-down vocabulary of geometric shapes to represent her head, torso, and limbs. The parts of Seated Woman resemble the uniformly turned components of a jointed wooden artist’s mannequin. Duchamp-Villon embeds in this simplified form a witty reference to the pose Michelangelo invented for the muscular female Sibyls he painted on the Sistine Chapel ceiling in the early 1500s.
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