By Tracey Carrier
The Currier Museum is so pleased to have the monumental sculpture Donna Seduta, 2001 (96 x/8 x 85 x 88 ½ in) by Ferdinando Botero, on view in our Zachos Courtyard. Botero’s rounded and voluminous human forms inspire full and rich conversations about the work itself and all that it may represent. A figure of a seated woman has captured the imagination of artists since art has been recorded. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has an example dating back over five thousand years. In the Currier’s collection numerous examples can be found. One instantly thinks of our Picasso Woman Seated in a Chair, Matisse’s Seated Nude, Sargent’s Grace Elvina, Marchioness Curzon of Kedleston, or perhaps the portrait of Hannah Bassett by Ammi Phillips.
Other works in the Currier’s collection, not currently on view, but equally compelling in this context: Viola Frey’s Untitled (Seated Woman with Blue Face), or Alice Neel’s lithograph, Seated Woman, 1973.
The next time you are visiting the galleries, or searching works in our collection online, you might ask yourselves these questions:
- What specific words come to mind when looking at the piece of art?
- Does the selection of materials influence your interpretation?
- Does the gender of the artist, and the time the work was created, influence how you perceive the art?
I’m grateful to this recent and imposing visitor to the Currier. She has provided an opportunity to see our very own favorite and familiar works in a new light. Botero reminds us that the topic of women in art is full and rich. This giant sculpture is on loan from a private collector through early February 2018. We invite you to visit us, see this monumental work, and join the conversation.
About the Author
Tracey Carrier is the Membership and Guest Services Manager at the Currier and has worked at the Museum since 2005. She enjoys introducing visitors of all ages to new perspectives on painting, sculpture, and photography.
Artwork credits (above): John Singer Sargent, Grace Elvina, Marchioness Curzon of Kedleston, 1925. Fernando Botero, Donna Seduta, 2001. Pablo Picasso, Woman Seated in a Chair, 1941.