Chabrié’s Little Daydreamer

I don’t know much about this artist or his work (except that there seems to be very little of it, which is a shame.)  All I know is that when I first encountered this piece on Wikimedia Commons I instantly fell in love with it.  I do not believe in perfection, but I would say this piece comes damn near it.  From the wonderful attention to anatomical detail, to the soft, ambrosial and distant expression on her face, to the balance between a formal portrait posture and the relaxed, slipped-down posture, to the manner in which her introversion is reflected by the slight defensiveness of her limbs (arm across chest; right leg raised and right foot turned inward), to the elegant but disheveled drapery on which she rests, this sculpture is just exquisite in every way.  I think, if I could own one original sculpture of my choosing, this would probably be the one I would choose.

Jean-Charles Chabrié - La Reverie d'Enfant (1874) (1)

Jean-Charles Chabrié – La Reverie d’Enfant (1874) (1)

Jean-Charles Chabrié - La Reverie d'Enfant (1874) (2)

Jean-Charles Chabrié – La Reverie d’Enfant (1874) (2)

Jean-Charles Chabrié - La Reverie d'Enfant (1874) (3)

Jean-Charles Chabrié – La Reverie d’Enfant (1874) (3)

Jean-Charles Chabrié - La Reverie d'Enfant (1874) (4)

Jean-Charles Chabrié – La Reverie d’Enfant (1874) (4)

Wikimedia Commons: Jean-Charles Chabrié

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