Amish Family

  • W. W. Swallow, Amish Family, 1930s-1940s, terra cotta on wood base, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of International Business Machines Corporation, 1966.27.9

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William W. Swallow created many sculptures of Amish people and their traditions, using unglazed terra-cotta and minimal forms to reflect the simple nature of Amish life. In this piece Swallow created a sense of closeness within the family by molding the figures from a single block. He considered all angles of the sculpture, and decorated the back of the piece with a tree and birds to suggest a rural lifestyle.

Title
Amish Family
Artist
Date
1930s-1940s
On View
Dimensions
16 1/4 x 12 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (41.4 x 31.2 x 28.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of International Business Machines Corporation

Mediums
Mediums Description
terra cotta on wood base
Classifications
Keywords
  • Ethnic – Amish
  • Figure group – family
Object Number
1966.27.9
Palette
Linked Open Data
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