The J. Paul Getty Museum

Head of a Faun

Object Details

Title:

Head of a Faun

Artist/Maker:

Jean-Joseph Carriès (French, 1855 - 1894)

Culture:

French

Place:

France (Place Created)

Date:

Probably 1885

Medium:

Patinated plaster

Object Number:

98.SE.8

Dimensions:

34.5 × 34 × 23.5 cm (13 9/16 × 13 3/8 × 9 1/4 in.)

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Object Description

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.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
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