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Fallen Boxer

1934 Walker Hancock Born: St. Louis, Missouri 1901 Died: Gloucester, Massachusetts 1998 Cellini Bronze Works (Founder) bronze 8 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 10 1/8 in. (21.7 x 40.0 x 25.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Walker Hancock 2000.20.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 47B


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Walker Hancock’s desire to express the “strength and beauty of the human body” is obvious in his sculptures of athletes. He was not very enthusiastic about sports at school, but enjoyed modeling images of the players from clay. This interest continued throughout his career and he often studied the movements of swimmers, wrestlers, and basketball players. Fallen Boxer shows a man hunched on the ground, immediately after being hit by an unseen opponent. The figure appears still to be in motion, wrapping his arms around his head and falling forward onto his knees.

Keywords

Figure male - full length

Occupation - sport - boxing

sculpture

metal - bronze

About Walker Hancock

Born: St. Louis, Missouri 1901 Died: Gloucester, Massachusetts 1998

About Cellini Bronze Works

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