Henri Laurens Bather (Fragment) 1931, ?later cast

Artwork details

Artist
Henri Laurens 1885–1954
Title
Bather (Fragment)
Baigneuse (Fragment)
Date 1931, ?later cast
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 571 x 670 x 362 mm, 36 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1960
Reference
T00361
Not on display

Display caption

Laurens’s early sculpture was Cubist in spirit, with hard edges and angles. Gradually his work acquired a softer, more rounded nature until by the 1930s his figures were large and luxuriant in form. This sculpture is the upper part of Reclining Woman, a full length reclining female nude of 1931. The Reclining Woman was sent to the bronze foundry for a cast to be made from the original clay and the cast was damaged. Laurens salvaged the upper half and transformed it into this self-sufficient fragment.

November 2011

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