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Pursuit of Happiness

1948 Thomas Lo Medico Born: New York, New York 1904 Died: Tappan, New York 1985 Medallic Art Company (Founder) Society of Medallic Arts (Commissioner) bronze 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle 1972.167.37 Not currently on view


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The figures seen working together on this medal illustrate the power of human collaboration. Thomas Lo Medico noted that “Since time immemorial man’s behavior has been motivated by two major objectives. One is his desire to gather the fruits of his labor in peace, dignity, and freedom. The other has been to establish a bond of kinship between himself and his fellow man.”

Keywords

Allegory - quality - wealth

Figure group - female and child

Figure group - male and child

Occupation - farm - harvesting

Occupation - industry - shipping

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

About Thomas Lo Medico

Born: New York, New York 1904 Died: Tappan, New York 1985

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