Larger Type
Smaller Type

Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Sculpture: 20th century: Abstract Man
Abstract Man

Abstract Man
Louis Schanker
carved and painted wood
22 x 4 3/4 x 5 in. (55.9 x 12.2 x 12.7 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost

Abstract Man was carved during the 1930s, when Louis Schanker first began combining abstract shapes with figurative forms. The piece makes a connection between his graphic work and his carved sculptures. He translated the spirals, curves, and geometric shapes of his woodcuts into three dimensions, creating a figure that evokes a primitive statue or a totem.

« Back to Results