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Tides in a Man's Life

ca. 1988 Beatrice Wood Born: San Francisco, California 1893 Died: Ojai, California 1998 earthenware 11 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (29.3 x 14.0 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Kenneth R. Trapp in honor of Shelby M. Gans on the occasion of her appointment to the Board of Commissioners of the Smithsonian American Art Museum © 1988, Beatrice Wood 1996.82 Not currently on view


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Tides in a Man’s Life shows the three stages of a man’s struggle to the top of Beatrice Wood’s sculpture. At first, he is shown unsuccessfully trying to climb the tall base of the sculpture. He then reappears being helped up by a woman, while the third and final stage shows him standing triumphantly atop the golden ring. Wood first began making these stick figures in the 1940s, and she did not want to define them as specific people but rather used them to focus on issues of gender.

Keywords

Allegory - life - manhood

Figure group - nude

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - earthenware

About Beatrice Wood

Born: San Francisco, California 1893 Died: Ojai, California 1998

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