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ca. 1930 Bessie Stough Callender Born: Wichita, Kansas 1889 Died: New York, New York 1951 granite on marble base 17 1/4 x 5 3/8 x 4 in. (43.7 x 13.5 x 10.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Harold Callender 1960.8.5 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 47B

Luce Center Label

Bessie Stough Callender began her art training in New York, where she studied the human figure with George Bridgman, an artist recognized for his knowledge of anatomy. After moving to Paris, Callender joined a life class and created numerous sketches and models of different hands, feet, torsos, and heads. She was inspired by ancient Egyptian sculpture and began carving human figures directly in stone. Callender carved Torso from granite, using smooth curves and simple forms to emphasize the natural rough texture of the stone.


Figure female - knee length

Figure female - nude


stone - granite

stone - marble