Bust of a Woman
René Frémin, French (active Paris and Spain), 1672 - 1744
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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