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Susannah

© The Frank Dobson Estate

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© The Frank Dobson Estate

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© The Frank Dobson Estate

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© The Frank Dobson Estate

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© The Frank Dobson Estate

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Frank Dobson

British, 1886-1963

Susannah, ca. 1923 (cast executed ca. 1924)

bronze

Edition: 3/3

overall: 22 x 12 x 15 1/2 inches (55.88 x 30.48 x 39.37 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of A. Conger Goodyear, 1928

1928:17

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Inscriptions

signature; inscription / base, right rear corner / Dobson 3/3

Provenance

the artist;
sold to A. Conger Goodyear, New York, 1927;
donated to the Albright Art Gallery, October 20, 1928

Class

Sculpture (visual work)

Work Type

Cast (sculpture)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

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

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