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Crouching Figure

Artist
John Bernard Flannagan, American, 1895–1942
Date
1935
Material
Stone
Made in
Woodstock, New York, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Sculpture, stone & mineral
Current Location
On View, Gallery 334
Dimensions
15 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 13 3/4 in. (39.4 x 29.2 x 34.9 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Morton D. May
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
232:1954
NOTES
This sculpture is both rough and elegant while radically simple and powerfully emotional. It evokes both the natural form of the stone from which it is carved and the living form it represents. John Flannagan was one of the first artists to practice “direct carving,” a reaction to the increasingly elaborate casting or modeling processes traditionally used to make sculpture. Flannagan would follow the shape, structure, color, and texture of a specific fieldstone to determine the sculpture he would make from it. As he wrote, “I would like my sculpture to appear as rocks, left quite untouched and natural, and . . . inevitable.”
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