Plate 1

Water nymphs of the Seine, 1847

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The large woman in the foreground floats "faire la planche" (literally "to make like a board"). This skill was taught by swimming teachers in the public bathhouses set up along the Seine in Paris. Daumier's water nymphs are a far cry from the mythological creatures that frolicked near fountains and streams; his figures swim with expressions of intense concentration and spew river water as they paddle about, fully covered by their bathing costumes.

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Title
Water nymphs of the Seine
Artist Life
1808-1879
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.12,701
Catalogue Raisonne
L.D.1629; H-D.656
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Plate 1