The Young Acrobat

  • Douglas Tilden, The Young Acrobat, modeled ca. 1891, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Wayne H. Decker, 1991.62

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Douglas Tilden exhibited The Young Acrobat at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The work shows a chubby, nude baby poised unsteadily in the palm of a man's outstretched arm. The rolled-up sleeve may symbolize the working man who holds up to the world the hope and promise of the future. The work reveals Tilden's characteristic choice of subject matter that shows a measured balance between delicacy and force.

Title
The Young Acrobat
Artist
Caster
Founder
Date
modeled ca. 1891
On View
Dimensions
33 5/8 x 12 x 12 in. (85.4 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Dr. Wayne H. Decker

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure – fragment – arm
  • Figure male – child – nude
Object Number
1991.62
Palette
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