Auguste Seysses was a student of Falguière and began exhibiting at the Salon in 1884. He received silver medals at the Universal Exhibitions of 1900 and 1937 and became cheval de la Légion d'Honneur in 1900. Seysses worked on numerous buildings throughout France, including the Grand Palais in Paris and the Jardin de Plantes in Toulouse.
This beautifully carved female nude represents a contemplative, symbolist subject. A bronze variant of the model, a collaboration between Seysses and Alfonse Mucha, is in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris (inv. no. RF4741).