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Torso of a Dancer

1938 Marshall M. Fredericks Born: Rock Island, Illinois 1908 Died: Birmingham, Michigan 1998 Bedi-Makky Art Foundry Corp. polished bronze on stone base 32 1/2 x 20 1/4 x 9 in. (82.6 x 51.5 x 22.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Marshall M. and Rosalind C. Fredericks © 1978, Marshall M. Fredericks 1996.60 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Marshall Fredericks originally made Torso of a Dancer in black marble and later cast it in this polished bronze. The small scale is unusual for Fredericks, who was known for large works, often of multiple figures, in civic spaces. This torso, even without limbs or a head, suggests a body and a spirit striving toward heaven, an effect that Fredericks used in nearly all of his monumental works. The highly polished patina of the bronze reflects colors, lights, and shadows around the sculpture, further animating the space it inhabits.

Keywords

Figure female - torso

Performing arts - dance

sculpture

metal - bronze

stone

About Marshall M. Fredericks

Born: Rock Island, Illinois 1908 Died: Birmingham, Michigan 1998

About Bedi-Makky Art Foundry Corp.