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La Première Pose

Howard Roberts, American, 1843 - 1900

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America



Height: 51 1/4 inches (130.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 211, American Art, second floor

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Howard Roberts, 1929

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This sculpture’s sensual portrayal of a young model posing nude for the first time offended many visitors at Philadelphia’s 1876 Centennial Exhibition. Its defenders, however, praised the marble’s subtle realism, declaring it equal to the best European work of the time. Like many American artists, Roberts studied in Paris, where nude subjects were more common.

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