Young Faun with Heron

1890
(American, 1863–1937)
Overall: 68.6 cm (27 in.)
Location: not on view
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The world’s largest heron species, the Goliath heron, can stand upwards of five feet tall.

Description

MacMonnies originally created this composition as a large garden sculpture, but later marketed small-scale versions, such as this example, to adorn interior spaces. The subject presents a boyish mythological figure mischievously grasping a bird whose ample wings curve around him. A striking visual contrast is achieved through the variegated textures of the heron’s feathers and the faun’s smooth flesh.
Young Faun with Heron

Young Faun with Heron

1890

Frederick William MacMonnies

(American, 1863–1937)
America, late 19th Century

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