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ca. 1940 Sargent Johnson Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1887 Died: San Francisco, California 1967 terra cotta 10 1/8 x 3 x 2 1/2 in. (25.7 x 7.6 x 6.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of an anonymous donor 1991.133.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49B

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Sargent Johnson created many pieces throughout his career that explored the theme of mother and child. In this piece, Johnson used simplified forms to emphasize the strong and imposing silhouette of the figures, despite their small size. A shape resembling an angel has been cut into the surface of the terra-cotta, reaching upward and perhaps offering protection to the child.



Figure group - female and child


ceramic - terra cotta