Water Carrier

  • Hugo Robus, Water Carrier, 1956, bronze on wood base, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Hugo Robus, Jr. in memory of his father, 1968.135

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In Water Carrier, Hugo Robus sculpted a jug in place of the figure's head because he wanted to explore the similarities between the woman's body and the vessel. Robus was influenced by prehistoric representations of women, which emphasize certain body parts such as the head, the breasts, and the womb to make symbolic, rather than anatomically correct, portraits. He adapted these ancient forms to create Water Carrier, enlarging the figure's stomach and doing away with her right arm, as well.
Title
Water Carrier
Artist
Date
1956
On View
Dimensions
38 1/4 x 7 7/8 x 11 7/8 in. (97.3 x 20.0 x 30.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Hugo Robus, Jr. in memory of his father

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze on wood base
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – full length
  • Occupation – domestic – water carrier
Object Number
1968.135
Palette
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