Fertility

  • Claire Falkenstein, Fertility, 1941, polychromed ash, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Claire Falkenstein McCarthy Trust, 1998.24.1

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Claire Falkenstein experimented with a wide variety of materials including reinforced concrete, copper tubing, wire, glass, and steel. In the early 1940s she made wooden sculptures that fragmented simple forms into pieces that could be taken apart and reassembled. Baseball Bat divides the narrow shape of a bat into several colored sections, and Fertility is composed of three painted axe handles. Both pieces disguise the original function of the objects and display Falkenstein’s interest in color and abstract form.

Title
Fertility
Artist
Date
1941
On View
Dimensions
38 1/2 x 17 x 11 3/4 in. (97.8 x 43.2 x 29.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Claire Falkenstein McCarthy Trust

Mediums
Mediums Description
polychromed ash
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – tool – axe
  • Abstract
Object Number
1998.24.1
Palette
Linked Open Data
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