Skip to contentSkip to navigation
Become a Member
Explore today's schedule
Visit MMFA for free by becoming a Member
Learn more
Back
Currently shown
César Isidore Henry Cros

Feliciter or The Scottish Girl

Artist

César Isidore Henry Cros
Narbonne 1840 – Sèvres 1907

Title

Feliciter or The Scottish Girl

Date

1882

Materials

Painted terracotta

Dimensions

44.5 x 35.5 x 26 cm

Credits

Purchase, the Museum Campaign 1988-1993 Fund, the Cecil and Marguerite Buller Fund, and gifts of Rachel Sachs, Raymond D. LeMoyne, Guy Cogeval, Jean H. Picard, Betty Reitman, Mr. and Mrs. Michal Hornstein, Mrs. Neil B. Ivory, the St. Andrew's Society of Montreal, Nathalie Bondil, Helgi Soutar and Ian Aitken, inv. 2005.36.1-2

Collection

Western Art

The name of Cros is unfamiliar, yet his works were held in the highest esteem by Rodin. In the nineteenth century, there was a highly debate over the colouring of antique statuary. The proponents of whiteness were obliged to admit that in Ancient Greece, and not just in the Far East and Egypt, temples and statues were multicoloured. Cros was inevitably caught up in this new thinking. As a bold experimenter in tune with his century and its love of technology and history, he set out to investigate the secrets of ancient encaustic painting. Before he devoted himself to working in pâte de verre, he executed two rare key works in coloured terracotta, one of which is Feliciter (“good luck”), exhibited at the Salon of 1883 as The Scottish Girl. The artist is not trying to ape nature here; the almost crude rendering of the shawl, the locks of hair incised into the clay, the light in the eyes and the fine-grained skin, all these are elegant products of the sculptor’s burin. This modern vestal virgin lost in thought, who might be called Impressionist, is free of any taint of Naturalism.

A touch of culture to your inbox
Subscribe to the Museum newsletter

Bourgie Hall Newsletter sign up

This website uses cookies in order to optimize your browsing experience and for promotional purposes. To learn more, please see our policy on the protection of personal Iinformation