R. Tait McKenzie, Society of Medallic Arts, Medallic Art Company, Rejoice Oh Young Man in Thy Youth, 1936, 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, 1972.167.18
Robert McKenzie’s medal design reflects the artist’s experience as a gymnast and physical trainer as well as his enthusiasm for the wholesome life he portrayed in many of his sculptures. On the obverse, a classical nude appears as a shot-putter, while on the reverse a line of youths in a footrace appear as natural in their element as the birds in the sky and the greyhound that keeps pace with the men. In the 1930s, images of healthy, virile men compensated for the vulnerability sensed by many Americans facing the Depression and years of drought.
Rejoice Oh Young Man in Thy Youth
Society of Medallic Arts (Commissioner)Medallic Art Company (Founder)
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2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle
- Animal – dog
- Figure male – nude
- Figure male – full length
- Animal – bird – swan
- Figure group – male – nude
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