Continuite

  • José de Creeft, Continuite, 1958, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.20

Exhibition Label
In found-object assemblages and semi-abstractions carved in stone and wood, de Creeft revealed the emotional states that characterize human experience. In Continuité the bodies of mother and child are one, reflecting the physicality of their inseparable bond.

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014
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José de Creeft felt that the direct carving method allowed him to “release” the form already in the material. He believed that the slow technique prevented him from expending all of his creative energy at once, and allowed the work to evolve. The pink marble of Continuité is smooth and polished in some places, rough and chalky in others, as if the form were emerging from the stone.

Title
Continuite
Artists
Date
1958
On View
Dimensions
26 x 12 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (66.0 x 31.7 x 29.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – female and child
Object Number
1986.6.20
Palette
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