Right to the Jaw
Born: Salt Lake City, Utah 1877
Died: Norwalk, Connecticut 1957
Roman Bronze Works, Inc.
bronze overall (includes base): 15 x 21 1/4 x 10 1/8 in. (38.1 x 54.0 x 25.7 cm)
overall: 14 x 20 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. (35.6 x 53.0 x 24.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mahonri Sharp Young
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 47B
Luce Center Quote
“To me the problem has always been to animate the inert and lifeless material, whether bronze, stone, or wood, and to make it function like one of nature’s own creations.” Artist quoted in Thomas E. Toone, Mahonri Young: His Life and Art, 1997
Luce Center Label
Mahonri Young was enthusiastic about sports throughout his childhood and often attended boxing matches with his younger brother, Wally. On a trip to Paris in 1926, Young began his popular Prizefighter series, which included Right to the Jaw. Sporting events and sports heroes were very popular in the American market during the 1920s, and Young’s prizefighters, which emphasized the excitement and glamour of boxing, brought him widespread recognition.
Figure group - male
Occupation - sport - boxing
metal - bronze