The Chow Collection

The Chow Collection

Satyress

Creator: Joe Descomps [1869-1950]

Acquired 2014-01-17 from Nice, France

Dimensions: 9.5" x 5.5" x 4.5"

From what I have seen of his works, this sculpture is rare among his terracotta sculptures for preserving a sketchy quality throughout, which I first learned about by seeing Bernini’s sketches at the Fogg Art Museum.

When collecting sculpture the naked forms of bodies are paramount, so when props or clothing must appear they should only: (1) provide structural integrity, (2) tell the story with the utmost economy, and then (3) get out of the way.


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