Frederick MacMonnies apprenticed with the American sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, in the early 1880s. Saint-Gaudens urged MacMonnies to study in Paris, so he went there in 1884. MacMonnies was very successful in France for decades, winning many prizes and commissions. His figures were often nudes, designed for outdoor placements.
MacMonnies returned to America shortly after World War I broke out. His nudes were more controversial in the United States.
This is a replica. The statue was commissioned by a wealthy banker who permitted MacMonnies to make replicas so long as they were smaller than his original. The Library of Congress also has a replica.