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1927 Walker Hancock Born: St. Louis, Missouri 1901 Died: Gloucester, Massachusetts 1998 limestone 15 3/4 x 11 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. (40.0 x 28.5 x 21.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1983.29 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 47B

Luce Center Quote

“In figure sculpture . . . the human body may be translated into an object of monumental strength.” Walker Hancock, The Sculpture of Walker Hancock, 1971

Luce Center Label

In 1925, Walker Hancock won the coveted Prix de Rome, which gave him the opportunity to study at the American Academy in Rome. While in Italy, he created this piece from Abruzzi limestone, carving directly into the stone without the use of a clay model. The twisted pose of Torso defines the figure’s muscles, conveying an unmistakable strength and energy. Hancock appears to have borrowed the pose from a figure of a god found on the pediment of the Parthenon.


Figure male - nude

Figure male - torso


stone - limestone