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Seated Faun

Janet Scudder

American Art

On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930, 5th Floor
In Seated Faun, Janet Scudder took as inspiration the part-human, part-goat figure found in classical mythology. One of only a handful of internationally known female sculptors in America at the time, Scudder studied in Paris and became the first woman employed at the Paris studio of the sculptor Frederick MacMonnies.

She later made a name for herself crafting ornamental sculptures for the formal gardens of estates designed by the architect Stanford White. Admired by White, whose firm designed the Brooklyn Museum, Scudder was even selected as the only female to produce a sculpture, Japanese Art, for the Museum’s facade.
MEDIUM Bronze
DATES 1924
DIMENSIONS 38 x 14 3/8 x 18 1/4 in. (96.5 x 36.5 x 46.4 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Incised along bottom of base, back side at proper right corner: "Alexis Rudier / Fondeur Paris"
SIGNATURE Incised along bottom of base, proper right side, in script: "Janet Scudder / 1924"
COLLECTIONS American Art
ACCESSION NUMBER 26.184
CREDIT LINE Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Janet Scudder (American, 1873-1940). Seated Faun, 1924. Bronze, 38 x 14 3/8 x 18 1/4 in. (96.5 x 36.5 x 46.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 26.184
IMAGE 3/4 front left, 26.184_threequarter_left_acetate_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Statue of young faun seated on a lion skin draped over a square pedestal; he is playing two single pipes, one pipe held in each hand, and has legs crossed at ankles. Condition: Good, areas on body of green patina.
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