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before 1940 Carl L. Schmitz Born: Metz, Germany 1900 Died: United States 1967 terra cotta 17 1/2 x 22 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. (44.5 x 57.9 x 35.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of International Business Machines Corporation 1966.27.6 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 48A

Luce Center Label

Carl L. Schmitz probably modeled the small sculpture Sorrow in the late 1930s. During the Depression, many sculptors found it difficult to get work and so turned to cheaper materials, like terra-cotta, which they could fire in their own small kilns. The outbreak of World War II brought pressure to bear upon Schmitz, a German-born American citizen, and Sorrow may have been his response to the emotional effects of war.


Figure group - female

State of being - emotion - sorrow


ceramic - terra cotta