George de Forest Brush (1855-1941)
Seated Mother and Child
inscribed 'Geo de Forest Brush/1919 No. 1 ©' (on the base)–inscribed 'ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N-Y-' (along the base)
bronze with brown patina
33 in. (83.8 cm.) high on a 36 in. (91.4 cm.) wooden base
Modeled in 1919.
Terry De Lapp Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
Acquired by the late owners from the above, 1976.
"Sculpture by George de Forest Brush and Others," The New York Times, June 29, 1919, another example illustrated.
N.D. Bowditch, George de Forest Brush: Recollections of a Joyous Painter, Petersborough, New Hampshire, 1970, pp. 142, 213, fig. 49, another example illustrated.
Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc., George de Forest Brush: Master of the American Renaissance, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1985, p. 77, no. 31, another example illustrated.
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Lot Essay

George de Forest Brush explored the mother and child theme throughout his career, producing numerous paintings of the subject and only one sculpture, the present Mother and Child. The sculpture portrays his wife holding their daughter and relates in composition to his 1894 painting of the same name in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Very few casts were produced of this sculpture, which the artist worked on over some thirty years, achieving "this quality of apparent ease, of inevitableness, that can only be the result of fully ripened thought." (The New York Times, June 29, 1919)

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