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
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49B
Luce Center Label
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
About Sargent Johnson
Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1887 Died: San Francisco, California 1967
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