Statue inspired by the French neoclassical painter, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres’ painting of The Source (French: La Source).
The statue depicts a nude standing upright between an opening in the rocks and holding in her hands a pitcher, from which water flows. She thus represents a water source or spring which, in classical literature, is sacred to the Muses and a source of poetic inspiration.
The work was begun in Florence around 1820 and not completed until 1856, in Paris. When Ingres completed The Source, he was seventy-six years old and president of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.