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Continuite

1958 José de Creeft Born: Guadalajara, Spain 1884 Died: New York, New York 1982 marble 26 x 12 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (66.0 x 31.7 x 29.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.20 Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st Floor, North Wing


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In found-object assemblages and semi-abstractions carved in stone and wood, de Creeft revealed the emotional states that characterize human experience. In Continuité the bodies of mother and child are one, reflecting the physicality of their inseparable bond.

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014

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José de Creeft felt that the direct carving method allowed him to “release” the form already in the material. He believed that the slow technique prevented him from expending all of his creative energy at once, and allowed the work to evolve. The pink marble of Continuité is smooth and polished in some places, rough and chalky in others, as if the form were emerging from the stone. The “continuity” in the title applies to many aspects of de Creeft’s work, including his creative process, his use of fluid forms and contours, and the theme of woman and child found throughout his work.

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Figure group - female and child

sculpture

stone - marble

About José de Creeft

Born: Guadalajara, Spain 1884 Died: New York, New York 1982

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