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Youth, Eyes toward the Stars

1940 Leo Friedlander Born: New York, New York 1888 Died: White Plains, New York 1966 bronze 22 x 16 x 7 1/8 in. (56.0 x 40.5 x 18.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Gordon D. Friedlander 1971.152 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 47B


Luce Center Quote

“All other creatures look down toward the earth, but man was given a face so that he might turn his eyes toward the stars and gaze upon the sky.” Ovid, Metamorphoses

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Youth, Eyes toward the Stars was created as a fountain for a home in Pasadena, California. This was one of the last commissions Leo Friedlander received before the beginning of World War II. The man in the sculpture looks up toward the sky, his head thrown back and his arms gesturing, while the girl leans upon his shoulder and gazes downward. The pose suggests they are young lovers, involved in an emotional discussion and relying on each other for support at the outbreak of the war.

Keywords

Allegory - life - youth

Allegory - quality - hope

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About Leo Friedlander

Born: New York, New York 1888 Died: White Plains, New York 1966

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