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Right to the Jaw

1926-1927 Mahonri Young Born: Salt Lake City, Utah 1877 Died: Norwalk, Connecticut 1957 Roman Bronze Works, Inc. (Founder) 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 1976.122.2 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.

Keywords

Figure group - male

Occupation - sport - boxing

sculpture

metal - bronze

About Mahonri Young

Born: Salt Lake City, Utah 1877 Died: Norwalk, Connecticut 1957

About Roman Bronze Works, Inc.

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