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Happy Children

1973 Chaim Gross Born: Wolowa, Austria 1904 Died: New York, New York 1991 Bedi-Makky Art Foundry Corp. (Founder) bronze 66 x 49 1/4 x 40 in. (167.5 x 125.1 x 101.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Gross in honor of Dr. Joshua C. Taylor 1982.105 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, W310

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Chaim Gross grew up in a large and loving Jewish family with ten brothers and sisters. When he was very young, Gross saw his parents nearly beaten to death for their religious beliefs by Cossack soldiers. As an adult, he compensated for this trauma by sculpting large families, as in Happy Children, which shows two small children emulating the adults who dance with them. The larger figures and the ring of bronze symbolically protect the children, as Gross's parents had been unable to do.



Recreation - dancing


metal - bronze