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ROSSO, Medardo

Turin, Italy 1858 - Milano, Italy 1928

La rieuse (petite version)

Little Laughing Woman

1890

bronze

bust

Dimensions (HxWxD): 13 58 x 9 78 x 11 in.

Acc. No.: 1997.41

Credit Line: Purchase in recognition of John W. Spiegel, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 1997-1998, through prior acquisitions from Dr. Nancy Walls, a friend of the Museum, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas K. Glenn, Richard and Hamilton Smith, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Grant, Jr., Elizabeth Berry Reid, Mrs. Inman Sanders, The Children's Fund, Mrs. Harry E. Ward and Harry E. Ward, Jr., Mrs. William R. Hammond, and Mrs. Kate Sessions Marsh. Acquired in memory of Reverend Wilbur Fisk Glenn and Catherine Sanders Clay and in honor of Mrs. Howard C. Smith and Florence Davant Lawton

Photo credit: courtesy High Museum of Art, Atlanta

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Provenance

  • 1997, Purchase in recognition of John W. Spiegel, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 1997-1998, through prior acquisitions from Dr. Nancy Walls, a friend of the Museum, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas K. Glenn, Richard and Hamilton Smith, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Grant, Jr., Elizabeth Berry Reid, Mrs. Inman Sanders, The Children's Fund, Mrs. Harry E. Ward and Harry E. Ward, Jr., Mrs. William R. Hammond, and Mrs. Kate Sessions Marsh. Acquired in memory of Reverend Wilbur Fisk Glenn and Catherine Sanders Clay and in honor of Mrs. Howard C. Smith and Florence Davant Lawton

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, June 10, 2013

Comment

  • Museum's website, June 10, 2013:
    One of a small group of fin-de-siècle sculptors who attempted to create the sculptural equivalent of Impressionism, Medardo Rosso sought to capture in three dimensions the fleeting qualities of light and movement. Often called the Petite Rieuse, or Little Laughing Girl—to distinguish it from Rosso’s Grande Rieuse, or Large Laughing Girl, of 1891—this work is a portrait of the cabaret singer Bianca Garavaglia, known as Bianca di Toledo. Rosso made several examples of this work, experimenting with the neck and collar, which he fragmented and in some versions eliminated entirely.