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The Young Acrobat

modeled ca. 1891 Douglas Tilden Born: Chico, California 1860 Died: Berkeley, California 1935 E. Gruet Jeune (Founder) E. Gruet Jeune (Caster) bronze 33 5/8 x 12 x 12 in. (85.4 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Dr. Wayne H. Decker 1991.62 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Douglas Tilden exhibited The Young Acrobat at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The work shows a chubby, nude baby poised unsteadily in the palm of a man's outstretched arm. The rolled-up sleeve may symbolize the working man who holds up to the world the hope and promise of the future. The work reveals Tilden's characteristic choice of subject matter that shows a measured balance between delicacy and force. Tilden believed that sculpture should be beautiful from all sides; the attention to musculature and fleshy detail on all surfaces of this work suggests that he intended it to be seen in the round.

Keywords

Figure male - child - nude

Figure - fragment - arm

sculpture

metal - bronze

About Douglas Tilden

Born: Chico, California 1860 Died: Berkeley, California 1935

About E. Gruet Jeune