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In Memoriam

1984 Harold Tovish Born: New York, New York 1921 Died: Albuquerque, New Mexico 2008 hydrocal and gravel on wood base 66 x 66 x 45 in. (167.6 x 167.6 x 114.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1985.82.4A-V Not currently on view

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In 1949, Tovish created a series of figural sculptures that captured the horror he felt as a soldier exposed to Nazi concentration camps at the end of World War II. In Memoriam, created decades later in which faces gaze out from within split cannonballs, continues his theme of entrapment. It honors both those who lost their lives during the war and living individuals imprisoned by mental, emotional, and societal circumstances.

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014


Figure - fragment - face

Object - weapon - cannon


plaster - hydrocal

stone - gravel