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Water Carrier

1956 Hugo Robus Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1885 Died: New York, New York 1964 bronze on wood base 38 1/4 x 7 7/8 x 11 7/8 in. (97.3 x 20.0 x 30.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Hugo Robus, Jr. in memory of his father 1968.135 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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In Water Carrier, Hugo Robus sculpted a jug in place of the figure's head because he wanted to explore the similarities between the woman's body and the vessel. Robus was influenced by prehistoric representations of women, which emphasize certain body parts such as the head, the breasts, and the womb to make symbolic, rather than anatomically correct, portraits. He adapted these ancient forms to create Water Carrier, enlarging the figure's stomach and doing away with her right arm, as well.

Keywords

Figure female - full length

Occupation - domestic - water carrier

sculpture

metal - bronze

wood

About Hugo Robus

Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1885 Died: New York, New York 1964

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