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Jonah and the Whale

ca. 1930s Samuel Rothbort Born: Wolkovisk, Russia 1882 Died: New York, New York 1971 granite 10 x 15 3/4 x 8 5/8 in. (25.4 x 40.0 x 22.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Ida Rothbort, Daughter 1996.14 Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st Floor, North Wing


Luce Center Quote

“When I work in [stone] I feel immortal and the subject springs out of the material.” Samuel Rothbort, quoted in Hollis Taggart Galleries Exhibition Catalogue, 1969

Luce Center Label

Samuel Rothbort developed work in wood and stone during the 1930s. He never used commercial materials and instead salvaged pieces of driftwood, fieldstone, and even old fence posts for his carvings. Jonah and the Whale was carved from an uneven block of granite, in which the soft lines and rough texture evoke Rothbort’s belief that he “released” the image from within the stone.

Keywords

Animal - whale

Religion - Old Testament - Jonah

sculpture

stone - granite

About Samuel Rothbort

Born: Wolkovisk, Russia 1882 Died: New York, New York 1971