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The Flowering

1957 George Spaventa Born: New York, New York 1918 Died: New York, New York 1978 bronze/cast 11 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (29.8 x 19.1 x 21.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. Philip M. Stern 1978.54.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 50A

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George Spaventa occasionally created work that did not directly refer to the human figure. The Flowering evokes the idea of growth and awakening, like a young plant opening its petals. The "petals" support and protect the budlike form in the center, suggesting the feeling of safety provided by the friends we often surround ourselves with.




metal - bronze