MALVINA HOFFMAN Reclining Nude of Frances Rich 1936 [A] - x +
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CN: HofM1936nude

MT: bronze on wooden base (30x50x18 / B:4x55x22)

TX: signed by incision at rear lower center in English <MALVINA 1936>, incised at left <CELLINI BRONZE WORKS N.Y.>

IL: Megakles Rogakos 2010, p.20

PR: Frances L. Rich Trust - 2009

CM: In October 1936 Frances Rich was at work in her New York studio sculpting portrait bronze heads of children and figure studies. At the same time she must have assented to pose in the nude for her master of sculpture and friend, Malvina Hoffman. Despite involving issues and standards of modesty, decency and morality, the state of nudity rightfully claims artistic merit. Here, Rich reclines in a comfortable and natural pose that is unselfconscious in its nudity. The classical triangular composition is described on one side by the crossed bent legs and on the other by the resting arm leading to the head. Though impressive in its anatomical precision and fineness of execution, this statuette is merely an academic feast for the eye. Nontheless, it is a little masterpiece that stands as a solid and complete thing in itself.

[Megakles Rogakos 01/2009]

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Frances Rich - La Gazelle 2010 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens

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