Torso of a Dancer

  • Marshall M. Fredericks, Bedi-Makky Art Foundry Corp., Torso of a Dancer, 1938, polished bronze on stone base, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1978, Marshall M. Fredericks, Gift of Marshall M. and Rosalind C. Fredericks, 1996.60

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Marshall Fredericks originally made Torso of a Dancer in black marble and later cast it in this polished bronze. The small scale is unusual for Fredericks, who was known for large works, often of multiple figures, in civic spaces. This torso, even without limbs or a head, suggests a body and a spirit striving toward heaven, an effect that Fredericks used in nearly all of his monumental works. The highly polished patina of the bronze reflects colors, lights, and shadows around the sculpture, further animating the space it inhabits.

Title
Torso of a Dancer
Artists
Date
1938
On View
Dimensions
32 1/2 x 20 1/4 x 9 in. (82.6 x 51.5 x 22.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Marshall M. and Rosalind C. Fredericks

Mediums
Mediums Description
polished bronze on stone base
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – torso
Object Number
1996.60
Palette
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