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Torso - Torso of a woman
  • Torso of a woman
    Legros, Alphonse, born 1837 - died 1911
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Torso of a woman

  • Object:

    Torso

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Legros, Alphonse, born 1837 - died 1911 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    plaster cast

  • Museum number:

    378-1891

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 21, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries, case 2

This female torso was cast in plaster from a marble sculpture. It was made by Alphonse Legros in London in 1890. The lines where the sections of the piecemoulds (used to surround the marble to make the cast) joined together are still visible, something of which Rodin frequently made a feature when casting in bronze.

Legros (1837-1911) was one of the French artists who played an important part in the development of British sculpture, particularly through his teaching role as Slade Professor of Fine Arts at University College London, where he remainded until 1894. He was trained in France but came to England in 1863 and spent the rest of his life here. This elegant torso was much admired for its fragmentary form.

Physical description

Torso of a woman which starts at the base of the neck and stops at the knee. She has no arms. Her right leg is slightly in front of her left leg, and the legs both go into a small square piece of plaster which sits on an integral base. It is all in one piece. The seam lines of the cast are visible. Signed and dated.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1890 (made)

Artist/maker

Legros, Alphonse, born 1837 - died 1911 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

plaster cast

Marks and inscriptions

'A. Legros / 1890'
at the base of the left leg to the side

Dimensions

Height: 52.5 cm, Weight: 3.08 kg

Object history note

Given by the sculptor in 1891.

Descriptive line

Torso, plaster, of a woman, by Alphonse Legros, England, signed and dated 1890

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1891. Arranged according to the dates of acquisition, with appendix and indices, London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1892, p. 66
Bilbey, Diane with Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000: A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: 2002, pp. 319-20, cat. no. 487
Bénédite, L., ‘Alphonse Legros, Painter and Sculptor’, in: Studio, XXIX, no. 123, June 1903, p. 22
Gronau, G., Masterpieces of Sculpture. From Michelangelo to the present day, II, London and Glasgow, 1909, p. 55
Parkes, , K., Sculpture of Today, I, London, 1921, pp. 91-2
Basset, J. and Fogelman, P., Looking at European Sculpture. A Guide to Technical Terms, London, 1997, illus. on p. 44
Pioneers of Modern Sculpture, exh. cat., Hayward Gallery, London, 1973, p. 109, cat. no. 28

Labels and date

Legros was one of the French artists who played an important part in the development of British sculpture, particularly through his teaching role as Slade Professor of Fine Arts at University College London. He was trained in France, but came to England in 1863 and spent the rest of his life here. This elegant torso was much admired for its fragmentary form. [March 2007]

Materials

Plaster

Subjects depicted

Figure, female; Torso

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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