n.d. Laura Dreyfus Barney Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1879 Died: Paris, France 1974 unfired, molded and patinated ceramic 6 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 6 1/4 in. (16.5 x 32.5 x 16.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Laura Dreyfus Barney in memory of her mother, Alice Pike Barney 1972.182.2 Not currently on view
Luce Center Label
The bodies of the two figures in Couple Embracing emerge out of the ground with subtle definition. The man and woman cradle each other in an intimate embrace that is tempered by tenderness. Their raw, elemental forms are shaped from the same material and have the same color and texture as the ground. This suggests that they are as inseparable from each other as they are from the earth, and that desire and nature are irrevocably entwined.
Figure group - nude
State of being - emotion - love