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ca. 1940 Frederic Jean Thalinger Born: St. Louis, Missouri 1915 Died: St. Louis, Missouri 1965 terra cotta 11 3/4 x 21 x 7 5/8 in. (29.9 x 53.3 x 19.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Ciel Frampton Thalinger and Ernest J. Thalinger 1990.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 48A


Luce Center Label

Frederic Jean Thalinger carved this piece around 1940, at the outbreak of World War II. The title clearly refers to the war, but this work is also thought to refer to the great labor strikes of the Depression years. The sculpture shows five huge male figures, whose determined expressions and immovable stances offer a convincing expression of worker solidarity.

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Figure group - male

sculpture

ceramic - terra cotta

About Frederic Jean Thalinger

Born: St. Louis, Missouri 1915 Died: St. Louis, Missouri 1965