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Brother Thomas Bezanson

Large Vase
2000
porcelain
13 1/4 x 17 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Ann L. Bronfman

Brother Thomas Bezanson's motivating interest is the perfect marriage of form and finish. The shape of this magnificent vase is satisfying in its volume and silhouette. It is impossible to study the piece and not relate it to the human body. Rising from a short foot, the vessel begins to swell, its tumescence hinting at a life force. Its erotic subtlety recalls the ripeness of the mature male body and its potential for renewing life. Completing the vase is the rich mustard-yellow, elm-ash glaze that flows in streaks and pools.