Images of the Artist (November 15, 2011 to February 12, 2012)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 15, 2011 to February 12, 2012
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Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum West Pavilion, Gallery W205
Head of a Faun
Jean-Joseph Carriès (French, 1855 - 1894)
France (Place Created)
34.5 × 34 × 23.5 cm (13 9/16 × 13 3/8 × 9 1/4 in.)
The head of this faun (in mythology, part man and part goat) seems more animal than human, with his protruding ears, small horns, and abundant fur. His wild appearance contrasts with his expression of plaintive melancholy, the eyelids closed and the head resting obliquely on a rock. As exemplified by the patina applied on this plaster, Carriès experimented extensively with the effect of surfaces on his sculptures; he also produced this piece in bronze and enameled ceramic in various colors.