Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (American, 1880-1980) bronze sculpture titled, “The Star,” depicting a nude female, standing and reaching upwards with one arm. Stamped “Harriet Frishmuth 1918” to top of bronze base and stamped “Gorham Co. Founders 0505 #115″ along the side of the bronze base. Mounted onto a black square marble platform. Figure – 18 3/4″ H. Sculpture with bronze base – 19 1/8″ H. Overall height – 20”. Biography: Born in Philadelphia, Harriet Frishmuth became one of the ground-breaking female sculptors of the early 20th century. She studied art with Auguste Rodin in Paris and at the Academie Colarossi under Henri Desire Gauquie and Jean Antoine Injalbert, and in New York at the Art Students League under Gutzon Borglum. She also undertook the study of dissection at the Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons to better understand the human form. Her Beaux Arts style sculptures were exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the Salon in Paris, the Golden Gate International Exposition, and the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors. Source: Paul Sternberg, Sr., “Art by American Women”; the National Gallery of Victoria. CONDITION: Overall very good condition. Bronze with very slight abrasions and some minor scratches to upper right torso and arm and a few minor areas of oxidation Some scattered chipping to marble platform edges, notably to one corner.
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