Right to the Jaw

Copied Mahonri Young, Right to the Jaw, 1926-1927, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mahonri Sharp Young, 1976.122.2

Artwork Details

Title
Right to the Jaw
Founder
Roman Bronze Works, Inc.
Date
1926-1927
Dimensions
overall (includes base): 1521 1410 18 in. (38.154.025.7 cm) overall: 1420 789 12 in. (35.653.024.1 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mahonri Sharp Young
Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation — sport — boxing
  • Figure group — male
Object Number
1976.122.2

Artwork Description

Mahonri Young was enthusiastic about sports throughout his childhood and often attended boxing matches with his younger brother, Wally. On a trip to Paris in 1926, Young began his popular Prizefighter series, which included Right to the Jaw. Sporting events and sports heroes were very popular in the American market during the 1920s, and Young’s prizefighters, which emphasized the excitement and glamour of boxing, brought him widespread recognition.

Luce Object Quote

“To me the problem has always been to animate the inert and lifeless material, whether bronze, stone, or wood, and to make it function like one of nature’s own creations.” Artist quoted in Thomas E. Toone, Mahonri Young: His Life and Art, 1997