This American artist born in Connecticut began his early studies under the direction of his father, a sculptor and art critic, before continuing his training in Boston and then in Paris where he exhibited a bust at the Salon in 1880.
A student at the Beaux-Arts, he has Pierre Cavelier as a teacher and meets Rodin, whose impact was so great in contemporary statuary. He later carried out a large number of busts and monuments and regularly exhibited at the Salon.
His career settled mainly in Paris where he integrated himself into the artistic and official life, but he also received important commissions from the United States. Among them are Michelangelo and Christopher Columbus for Washington.
In this woman's torso, the sculptor's vein becomes more intimate. According to a daring bias, the female body is fragmentary, like many ancient sculptures discovered. However, it is not the insults of time that have partially dismembered this body, but the artist's own will which thus concentrates the spectator's attention on this torso that is both realistic and fragmentary.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 39 cm
Width: 17 cm
Depth: 17.5 cm
Origin: Gift of Madame Bartlett, 1928
Museum: Paris - Museum of Orsay
Artist: Paul Wayland Bartlett (1865-1925)