Untitled

Media - 1979.111.8 - SAAM-1979.111.8_1 - 5630
Copied Peter Krasnow, Untitled, ca. 1930s, wood on wood and plywood base, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1979.111.8

Artwork Details

Title
Untitled
Date
ca. 1930s
Dimensions
43 182014 14 in. (109.450.936.3 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of the artist
Mediums
Mediums Description
wood on wood and plywood base
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1979.111.8

Artwork Description

Peter Krasnow worked in France for three years during the early 1930s. On his return to California, he began sculpting in wood, claiming that the medium had never been considered for its own unique qualities and too often resembled other materials. Using roots, stumps, and sometimes entire trees, Krasnow created abstract sculptures that explored the natural shape and texture of the wood.

Luce Object Quote

“I turned seriously to developing wood sculpture . . . probing and striving to produce works of pure sculptural character.” Peter Krasnow, “A Retrospective Exhibition,” Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 1975