Abstract Man

  • Louis Schanker, Abstract Man, 1936, carved and painted wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost, 1986.92.80

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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.

Title
Abstract Man
Artist
Date
1936
On View
Dimensions
22 x 4 3/4 x 5 in. (55.9 x 12.2 x 12.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and painted wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
  • Figure male
Object Number
1986.92.80
Palette
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