Frank Dobson began his career as a painter working in a Cubist style, but following World War I (1914–18) he became increasingly interested in sculpture. Using clean, flowing lines and simplified forms, he envisioned Susannah (also spelled “Susanna”) from the biblical story of Susanna and the Elders, which has historically been a popular subject among artists. While she privately bathes in a garden, two lustful men secretly observe her. When Susanna refuses their sexual advances, they threaten to accuse the young wife of promiscuity. Dobson chose to portray the moment Susanna realizes she is not alone and is startled and taken aback by the elders’ imminent advancements.
Label from Picasso: The Artist and His Models, November 5, 2016–February 19, 2017