Theodore Roszak, Thistle in the Dream (To Louis Sullivan), 1955-1956, cut and welded steel, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.74
Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2008
Theodore Roszak built planes for the Brewster Aircraft Corporation during the Second World War, where he learned the welding techniques that he later used to create Thistle in the Dream (To Louis Sullivan). The war was shattering to those, like Roszak, who believed in the progressive power of the industrial world. After 1945, his sculptures changed dramatically to spiky, threatening constructions that represent Roszak's disillusionment with the world. He used violent means of welding, hammering, and scoring metal to create these frightening sculptures.
Thistle in the Dream (To Louis Sullivan)
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41 3/8 x 40 1/2 x 30 in. (105.2 x 102.9 x 76.3 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
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- cut and welded steel
- Object – flower – thistle
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