Seated woman wiping her foot, 1928
21 x 20 x 19 cm
The seated woman wiping her foot occupies an essential place in Malfray's work; its presence in various public collections (Musée national d'Art moderne, Paris; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Orléans...) underlines this. It is from this model that he drew in 1930 his composition entitled Le Torse accroupi.
The seated Woman wiping her foot is inserted between two series: that of the Bathers and that of the Swimmers, and constitutes one of the rare sculpted attempts by Malfray to represent the woman in her toilet. Like Degas, he endeavors to reveal her intimacy. An original plastic force emerges from the flexible structure of the curves and the robustness of the forms.
Jacques de Laprade, ibid, p. 26, pl. XI. Charles Mal- fray 1887-1940 sculptor, ibid.