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Bust of a Woman

René Frémin, French (active Paris and Spain), 1672 - 1744

Made in Europe

c. 1700-1720


26 x 14 1/2 inches (66 x 36.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 384, European Art 1500-1850, third floor

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Purchased with the John D. McIlhenny Fund, 2002

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This portrait belongs to an innovative group in which French sculptors modernized the depiction of women along the lines of contemporary, early-eighteenth-century painters. A number of these busts represented women related to artists. Sometimes, as here, a sculptor at the beginning of his career would carve a bust to demonstrate his mastery of portraiture. Later, in the 1720s, while working for the Spanish court, Frémin executed a series of distinguished portraits of members of the royal family.

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