4 March 2003
Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937)
Bacchante and Infant Faun
inscribed 'F. MacMonnies 1894.' and stamped 'Roman Bronze Works N.Y.' (along the base)
bronze with brown patina
33 1/3 in. (84.7 cm.) high
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M. Smart and E.A. Gordon, A Flight with Fame: The Life and Art of Frederick MacMonnies, Madison, Connecticut, 1996, p. 166, illustration of another example.
One of MacMonnies's most critically acclaimed and controversial models, Bacchante and Infant Faun was conceived in 1893 as a life size bronze to be placed in the courtyard of Charles McKim's recently completed Boston Public Library Building. Rejected by conservative Bostonians for its "drunken abandon" and "wanton nudity," the statue was presented by the architect to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1897.
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