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"I never mutiny so much against France, that I am not perfectly friends with Paris...I love her tenderly, even to her wars and blemishes...But because it is, in truth my own humour, and peradventure not without some excess, I look upon all men as my compatriots, and embrace a Polander as a Frenchmen, preferring the universal and common tie to all national ties whatever."--Michel de Montaigne. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.

1950 Elaine Urbain Born: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 1925 Died: Milford, Connecticut 2004 glass mounted in plaster mounted in light box 13 1/8 x 10 1/8 in. (33.3 x 25.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Container Corporation of America 1984.124.294 Not currently on view


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Allegory - element - fire

Figure - fragment - hand

decorative arts - glass

glass

plaster

readymade - light box

About Elaine Urbain

Born: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 1925 Died: Milford, Connecticut 2004