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Little Brother

1942 Bruce Moore Born: Bern, Kansas 1905 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1980 limestone 25 x 9 1/4 x 14 7/8 in. (63.5 x 23.4 x 37.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Alice H. Moore 1984.121.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 48A

Luce Center Label

In 1937, Bruce Moore was awarded the M. R. Cromwell Fellowship to study ancient sculpture at the American Academy in Rome. He studied the female figure and eventually produced four plaster casts of women crouching, including a sculpture titled Bronze Girl and Infant. Little Brother is the same work reinvented in limestone. The compact group, in which the sister's cheek tenderly rests on her brother's head and the infant's tiny toes barely touch her chest, emphasizes the bond between the children. Moore inscribed this sculpture to his wife, Aly, who donated it to the Smithsonian American Art Museum four years after the sculptor's death.


Figure group - female and child


stone - limestone