13 1/4 x 15 1/2 x 18 1/2in (33.7 x 39.4 x 47cm)
In the sculpture Summer, a youth shades his eyes from the bright sun, observing the rays of light caught by his hand and reflected in the subtle half-tones of his face. In similar small sculptures of the human form, Rousseau posed several solitary figures observing the wonders of nature.
Plasters were a popular medium at this time, with the mold lines left visible after Rodin had introduced the look. We know that Roussseau gave this work to a fellow artist, who would have valued its appearance of being fresh from the studio.
Fine Art Connoisseur; Vol. 5, no. 4 (Aug 2008), p. 59-60
Signature & date
Signature, incised at front of base: Victor Rousseau
Docent information sheet
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Victor Rousseau (Belgian, b.1865, d.1954)