The End of Day

  • Max Kalish, The End of Day, 1930, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Max Kalish, 1933.1.2

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Max Kalish chose laborers, particularly steelworkers and riveters, as his subject because of their important role in industrialized America. Factories employed so many people that to Kalish these workers represented the common man. He appreciated the rhythm and grace that workers showed in their daily tasks, and captured both the physical effort and the well-deserved rest of his laborers, as shown here in The End of the Day. His images of the “heroic worker” were aimed at restoring faith and optimism to a dispirited population suffering the ravages of the Depression.

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“As I mingle among the workers in factories or in the open, I find them in their natural poses . . . while at rest there is a sense of rhythm and beauty that compares favorably with the great sculptural themes of the past.” Artist quoted in Labor Sculpture by Max Kalish, 1938

Title
The End of Day
Artist
Date
1930
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
15 3/8 x 5 7/8 x 3 1/2 in. (39.2 x 15.0 x 8.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Max Kalish

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male – full length
Object Number
1933.1.2
Palette
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