Tides in a Man's Life

  • Beatrice Wood, Tides in a Man's Life, ca. 1988, earthenware, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1988, Beatrice Wood, Gift of Kenneth R. Trapp in honor of Shelby M. Gans on the occasion of her appointment to the Board of Commissioners of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1996.82

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Tides in a Man’s Life shows the three stages of a man’s struggle to the top of Beatrice Wood’s sculpture. At first, he is shown unsuccessfully trying to climb the tall base of the sculpture. He then reappears being helped up by a woman, while the third and final stage shows him standing triumphantly atop the golden ring. Wood first began making these stick figures in the 1940s, and she did not want to define them as specific people but rather used them to focus on issues of gender.

Title
Tides in a Man's Life
Artists
Date
ca. 1988
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
11 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (29.3 x 14.0 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Kenneth R. Trapp in honor of Shelby M. Gans on the occasion of her appointment to the Board of Commissioners of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – life – manhood
  • Figure group – nude
Object Number
1996.82
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