CLODION
(b. 1738, Nancy, d. 1814, Paris)

Pair of Bacchic Figures with a Child

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Terracotta
National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

In Clodion's groups sometimes it is violent impetuosity that hurls the bodies along, with flying hair and breathless faces; but at other times the tempo is gentle, even wistful: the figures are an enchanted, eternally youthful, family moving amid the scattered grapes, coming as if from some 'vendange,' sated with autumnal fullness.