4 December 2003
Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (1880-1980)
'Joy of the Waters'
inscribed 'Harriet W. Frishmuth Sc./©1917' (along the base)
bronze with green patina
63 in. (160 cm.) high
John McCullough, Palm Beach, Florida, 1923.
Mrs. John McCullough.
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C.N. Aronson, Sculptured Hyacinths, New York, 1973, pp. 26, 107-109, 206, illustration of another example.
J. Conner and J. Rosenkranz, Rediscoveries in American Sculpture: Studio Works, 1893-1939 , Austin, Texas, 1989, p. 40.
"Decorative bronzes and garden sculptures by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth of lithe young women in athletic poses embodied youthful joy and vigor in a way that proved tremendously popular with the public." (J. Conner and J. Rosenkranz, Rediscoveries in American Sculpture: Studio Works, 1893-1939, Austin, Texas, 1989, p. 35) Joy of the Waters is the personification of this ideal, combining graceful form and explosive energy.
Joy of the Waters was conceived in 1917 and first cast in 1920. According to Leah Rosenblatt, the work was developed during a lull in commissions for Frishmuth. Although she originally used her famed model Desha as the inspiration for Joy of the Waters, Janette Ransome was the final model for the larger version. The present work was cast in an edition of 65.
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