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ca. 1930s Peter Krasnow Born: Zawill, Russia 1887 Died: Los Angeles, California 1979 wood on wood and plywood base 43 1/8 x 20 x 14 1/4 in. (109.4 x 50.9 x 36.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1979.111.8 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 50A

Luce Center Quote

“I turned seriously to developing wood sculpture . . . probing and striving to produce works of pure sculptural character.” Peter Krasnow, “A Retrospective Exhibition,” Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 1975

Luce Center Label

Peter Krasnow worked in France for three years during the early 1930s. On his return to California, he began sculpting in wood, claiming that the medium had never been considered for its own unique qualities and too often resembled other materials. Using roots, stumps, and sometimes entire trees, Krasnow created abstract sculptures that explored the natural shape and texture of the wood.





wood - plywood