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Max Kalish
Man of Steel
before 1933
19 7/8 x 9 5/8 x 12 5/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Max Kalish

Kalish described American industrial workers as “fine, sturdy men, ever alert, independent, forceful and proud of their work. In action an American worker is naturally graceful and makes as fine a subject as the Greeks chose for their statues.” This steel worker, who negotiates the precarious balance required of those working high above the street, steadies himself on a steel girder while guiding a suspended I beam into place.