Joseph von Kopf, around 1860
White marble. On the socle signed “J. Kopf R.“.
A dancing woman standing on a oval, chamfered plinth, dressed in a cape that reaches over her head and shoulders, falling around her hips and legs in wide, moving quilings and though allows views on the covered outlines beneath.
Kopf turned the act of disguise and the simultaneous nudity of the female body into an exciting and attractive representation.
A larger model was made by Joseph v. Kopf for the Russian court that has been preserved in the collection of the Hermitage.
For his realistic busts, Joseph von Kopf (Unlingen 1827-1903 Rome) was appreciated by royal as well as bourgeois clients.
He ranks as one of the most famous artists of the German Empire and was the first sculptor, Kaiser Wilhelm I. posed for several portrait busts.
Grand duke Friedrich I. built him an atelier in Baden-Baden in 1874, where he portrayed famous spa guests during the summer months.
Height 68 cm.
Thieme/ Becker. “Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenen Künstler“, Volume. 21, pages 294-295.