The Ethiopian

  • Arthur Lee, The Ethiopian, 1912, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by William T. Evans, William Franklin Paris, and Helen L. Spear, 1990.30

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Arthur Lee was fascinated with the nude human body, and only created one statue that included clothing. The Ethiopian was exhibited at the 1913 Armory Show in New York and also at San Francisco’s 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, where it won a gold medal. Jack Johnson, the first African American to win the world heavyweight boxing championship, is thought to have been the model for this piece. The figure stands in an almost defiant pose, its obvious energy and strength conveying Lee’s ideal of a “living form.”

Title
The Ethiopian
Artist
Founder
Date
1912
On View
Dimensions
overall: 27 7/8 x 11 3/4 x 10 1/8 in. (70.9 x 29.9 x 25.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase made possible by William T. Evans, William Franklin Paris, and Helen L. Spear

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Ethnic – African – Ethiopian
  • Figure male – full length
  • Figure male – nude
Object Number
1990.30
Palette
Linked Open Data
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ca. 1825-1875
hammered and incised silver

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