Emilio Greco Large Bather I 1956

Artwork details

Artist
Emilio Greco 1913–1995
Title
Large Bather I
La grande bagnante no. 1
Date 1956
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 2134 x 514 x 724 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Count Manassei 1958
Reference
T00198
Not on display

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Greco was an Italian sculptor who specialised in female nudes and portrait busts. He had his first solo exhibition in Rome in 1946, and was awarded the sculpture prize at the 1956 Venice Biennale at which 'Large Bather I' was on exhibition. The artist regarded this sculpture as one of his most important works, and the model for it was Anna Padovan, who later became his second wife. Greco has since made another six large female bathers, all with different poses. It was his original intention to make twelve large figures of bathers and set them at intervals around a pond or swimming pool.

August 2004

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