Happy Children

  • Chaim Gross, Happy Children, 1973, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Gross in honor of Dr. Joshua C. Taylor, 1982.105

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Chaim Gross grew up in a large and loving Jewish family with ten brothers and sisters. When he was very young, Gross saw his parents nearly beaten to death for their religious beliefs by Cossack soldiers. As an adult, he compensated for this trauma by sculpting large families, as in Happy Children, which shows two small children emulating the adults who dance with them. The larger figures and the ring of bronze symbolically protect the children, as Gross's parents had been unable to do.

Title
Happy Children
Artist
Founder
Date
1973
On View
Dimensions
66 x 49 1/4 x 40 in. (167.5 x 125.1 x 101.6 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Gross in honor of Dr. Joshua C. Taylor

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Recreation – dancing
  • Children
Object Number
1982.105
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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