Pursuit of Happiness

  • Thomas Lo Medico, Society of Medallic Arts, Medallic Art Company, Pursuit of Happiness, 1948, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle, 1972.167.37

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The figures seen working together on this medal illustrate the power of human collaboration. Thomas Lo Medico noted that “Since time immemorial man’s behavior has been motivated by two major objectives. One is his desire to gather the fruits of his labor in peace, dignity, and freedom. The other has been to establish a bond of kinship between himself and his fellow man.”

Title
Pursuit of Happiness
Artists
Date
1948
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – farm – harvesting
  • Figure group – female and child
  • Figure group – male and child
  • Occupation – industry – shipping
  • Allegory – quality – wealth
Object Number
1972.167.37
Palette
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