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1918 José de Creeft Born: Guadalajara, Spain 1884 Died: New York, New York 1982 bronze on stone base 17 5/8 x 8 7/8 x 10 1/4 in. (44.7 x 22.6 x 26.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Lorrie Goulet 1983.34 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46B

Luce Center Label

Marguerite demonstrates José de Creeft’s talent for bronze work, which he learned while apprenticing at a foundry in his youth. De Creeft often sculpted female forms and attributed his love for the human figure to his Mediterranean heritage, which made him feel “closer to the earth.” Marguerite’s varied textures and subtle details create an expressive, naturalistic portrait that contrasts with the sculptor’s abstract figures. Although his bronze portrait heads were in high demand, he preferred to work mainly in stone, which he found more satisfying.


Figure female - head

Portrait female - unidentified - Marguerite


metal - bronze