Félix-Maurice Charpentier studied at the École des Beaux Arts under the celebrated sculptor and professor Pierre-Jules Cavelier (1814-1896) and exhibited at the Salon from 1884 onwards, winning several medals. He was regarded as one of the outstanding sculptors of his day. His sculpture was marked by freedom of expression and beauty of form and personified "Modern Art." This beautiful marble exhibits Charpentier's exuberant treatment of the female form. The striking pose of the present marble - with a contortion that is ambitious but not harsh - combines a feel for a charming luxury with temperate seduction.