Marc Quinn and Figurative Sculpture

Sheffield's Collections: Female Torso by Alphonse Legros

Alphonse Legros (1837 1911) trained with Lecocq de Boisbaudran, the same Master of Drawing as Rodin. He became Slade Professor of Drawing at University College, London in 1876. Legros was an artist who worked in many disciplines from landscape and portrait painting, engraving, medal design and sculpture.

When the original marble cast (c.1890) of this work was exhibited it was criticised because it wasn't a complete figure. The Studio journal reported: 


It is to be regretted that Professor Legros did not model in its entirety. His large framed creation of budding womanhood; a torso with truncated head and limbs can surely only be acceptable when it becomes so by accident.


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