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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Sculpture: 20th century: Sanctuary of Dreams
Sanctuary of Dreams


Sanctuary of Dreams
about 1919
Robert P. Baker
bronze on marble base
19 1/2 x 10 x 11 3/4 in. (49.4 x 25.4 x 29.7 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Bryant Baker
1968.30
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Robert Baker created dramatic sculptures of the human form. In Sanctuary of Dreams, possibly his most notable piece, a nude female figure emerges from an amorphous mass, her obscured face heightening the sense of movement and mystery. As with the other pieces he created, Baker left it up to the viewer's imagination to create meaning of this work.

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