Seaweed Fountain
Seaweed Fountain
Seaweed Fountain
Seaweed Fountain
Seaweed Fountain
Seaweed Fountain
Seaweed Fountain
Seaweed Fountain
Seaweed Fountain
Seaweed Fountain
Seaweed Fountain

Image Resources | Not Currently on View

Seaweed Fountain

Janet Scudder (American, 1873-1940) Gorham Manufacturing Company, Bronze Division, Foundry (American)


Indiana

Janet Scudder

(Nude Child) Seaweed, modeled 1914

bronze

44 x 22 x 13 inches

Mr. and Mrs. Julius Pratt Fund

Learn More

Determined to be an artist, Scudder left Terre Haute, Indiana in her teens to study at the Academy of Art in Cincinnati.  By age 20 she was one of Lorado Taft’s “white rabbits,” the female assistants who aided him in his many sculpture projects for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  In 1894 she sought training in France, where she eventually established her home and studio.  Active beyond her work as a sculptor, Scudder participated in the women’s suffrage movement in the United States, wrote an autobiography entitled Modelling My Life, and was honored by France as a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.  Scudder came back to the United States nearly every year to seek fountain projects from landscape architects. During the early 20th century a wide-spread American demand for garden sculpture provided Scudder with many commissions, earning her the title “Woman of the Fountains.”

In Seaweed Fountain, the informal naturalistic treatment of the child’s figure is derived from French examples.  The wet braids of seaweed draped on her arm are a fitting motif for the sculpture’s role as a fountain or decorative element beside a pool.

Reference

Judith Vale Newton and Carol Ann Weiss.  Skirting the Issue: Stories of Indiana’s Historical Women Artists, Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0871951779  

Object Information

artist
Janet Scudder (American, 1873-1940)
foundry
Gorham Manufacturing Company, Bronze Division (American)
creation date
modeled 1914
materials
bronze
dimensions
44 x 21 x 13 in.
mark descriptions
Signed and dated, top of base, right, next to figure's foot: Janet Scudder / 1914
Inscribed, top of base, back, next to figure's left foot: GORHAM CO. FOUNDERS / QWH
accession number
79.339
credit line
Mr. and Mrs. Julius F. Pratt Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
American Painting and Sculpture to 1945
colors