Cloud and Rain

  • David Hare, Cloud and Rain, ca. 1950, welded and painted bronze and steel, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Susan Morse Hilles, 1977.2.3

David Hare believed that art should have some relation to the physical world and not be entirely abstract. During the 1950s, he built sculptures that depicted elements of the natural landscape. Inspired by the dramatic changes in the sky caused by different weather patterns, he manipulated metal and stone to evoke rain, sunshine, lightning, or wind. This piece is welded from rough fragments of bronze and steel to suggest a dark, threatening cloud and lines of falling rain.

The artist continually translates the world of matter into the world of human understanding and emotion … From the terrifying and unfriendly world of nature he makes warm charms to be carried in the pocket.” David Hare, Magazine of Art, January 1950

Cloud and Rain
ca. 1950
Not on view
10 1420 1219 58 in. ( cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Susan Morse Hilles

Mediums Description
welded and painted bronze and steel
  • Allegory – other – nature
  • Abstract
  • Landscape – weather – cloud
  • Landscape – weather – shower
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