andromeda

Pathetic Andromeda, unaware that Perseus will rescue her, is often portrayed in great distress, pulling in vain against her chains, dreading the moment the sea monster will reveal itself and devour her.  French’s Andromeda appears to doze serenely, basking in the sun.  She does not pull or strain at the chains that bind her to the rock; in fact, the viewer might not realize she is restrained until closer examination reveals shackles at her wrists.  French once stated, “I still believe that the beauty of woman is beauty at its best and highest.”[1] Andromeda is indeed beautiful and decorative, not hysterical or panicked.  French practices great restraint and steers clear of the overly emotional.

Sculpted only two years before the artist’s death in 1931, the marble reclining nude was the artist’s last work and was left incomplete.

As scheduling and weather permit, Chesterwood occasionally exhibits French's Andromeda outdoors. The marble sculpture is wheeled out on the customized railroad track system that French had built to enable him to view and sculpt out-of-doors, and observing the effects of natural light on his work. 

We are pleased to share a video illustrating the process of moving the sculpture outside the studio!

 

[1] “At 80 Starts His Masterpiece,” New York Sun, April 21, 1930, quoted in Richman, 197.