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$ 15,500

France Aroused, A study or Maquette

Documentation Signed
Period 1900-1919
W. 8 in; H. 30 in; D. 7 in;
W. 20.32 cm; H. 76.2 cm; D. 17.78 cm;
Creation Date 1917
Description Signed and dated, “Jo Davidson/ N.Y. 1917”
Bronze, dark brown patina, mounted on black marble
Dimensions: 30 ½” h., 8 ¾” x 7 ½” base
From the collection of Ted Stebbins, Ma., purchased from William Poster, Boston, 1982
This study for a 20-foot-high sculpture originally called, “L’Appel aux Armes” was thought of and created by Davidson as an express of the intense feelings the French had toward WW1. The figure represents Bellona, the goddess of war, with her feet squarely planted on the ground, her arms upraised, fists clenched, head thrown back, -a cry of rage and protest in fear of the Germans attack on Marne, France. In an article for “Vanity Fair” in September, 1917, Pemberton Clarke described the
Sculpture, created on McDougal Alley, (N.Y.), “as the personification of the resilient energy and righteous wrath of the French people in the face of the German attack.” Clarke later describes Jo Davidson as, “one of the most important of the young pillars of the temple of American Art”
Styles / Movements Traditional
Dealer Reference Number DA-SO 053
Incollect Reference Number 400634
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