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Awakening

1920s Joseph E. Renier Born: Union Hill, New Jersey 1887 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze 13 1/4 x 4 x 5 in. (33.6 x 10.2 x 12.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Renier 1968.11 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 47B


Luce Center Label

Awakening and Dancer may have been made to be featured in extravagant gardens. Joseph Renier received many commissions for garden sculptures; in 1928 one of his pieces won an award from the Garden Club of America. In Awakening the figure leans back, one hand on his forehead and the other outstretched, as if caught at the moment of inspiration. In Dancer, Renier applied a rich, gilded finish to emphasize the figure’s curved muscles and graceful pose.

Keywords

Figure male - nude

State of being - other - sleep

sculpture

metal - bronze

About Joseph E. Renier

Born: Union Hill, New Jersey 1887 Died: New York, New York 1966

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