The Water Allegory
This stone sculpture stands on the lawn by the entrance to the terrace near the Palace on the Isle. It shows a female figure with a vase from which water is being poured. It is a slim, young and charming woman dancing with grace and ease. Her perfect face of subtle beauty as well as her small head with hair tied up on top manifest qualities typical of French Rococo sculpture art of that period.
The sculpture was made in the workshop of André Le Brun, and modelled on a statue by a notable 18th century French sculptor, Étienne Maurice Falconet. French trends were well known to artists at Stanisław August’s court. The King’s main sculptor, André Le Brun, studied in Paris under the eye of the famous Jean-Baptiste Pigalle.