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Aimé Jules Dalou
French, 1838–1902
Bacchus and Ariadne
Acquired by the Clark, 1996

  "I think this sculpture is simply beautiful. The bodies of Bacchus and Ariadne are fluid and soft, conveying a feeling of intimate familiarity, rather than shame or vulnerability. I love the way Bacchus supports an overwhelmed Ariadne, and I love the way he looks down upon her so attentively, the way his hands are placed so gently on her arm and back as he tries to comfort, but not to frighten, this woman who laments the loss of her love. At the same time, however, we can hardly be in doubt of his feelings toward her. The sculpture creates such comfort, such warmth and passion between these two, that one cannot help but feel envious."

Elizabeth Evans
Junior, Wellesley College
Wellesley, Massachusetts


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