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Artist:
Arthur Lee, born Trondheim, Norway 1881-died Newtown, CT 1961  Search this
Founder:
Gorham Manufacturing Company, founded 1831  Search this
Medium:
bronze
Dimensions:
overall: 27 7/8 x 11 3/4 x 10 1/8 in. (70.9 x 29.9 x 25.8 cm.)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1912
Luce Center Label:
Arthur Lee was fascinated with the nude human body, and only created one statue that included clothing. The Ethiopian was exhibited at the 1913 Armory Show in New York and also at San Francisco’s 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, where it won a gold medal. Jack Johnson, the first African American to win the world heavyweight boxing championship, is thought to have been the model for this piece. The figure stands in an almost defiant pose, its obvious energy and strength conveying Lee’s ideal of a “living form.”
Topic:
Figure male\nude  Search this
Figure male\full length  Search this
Ethnic\African\Ethiopian  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by William T. Evans, William Franklin Paris, and Helen L. Spear
Object number:
1990.30
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1st Floor, South Wing
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1990.30