Woman Eating

  • Duane Hanson, Woman Eating, 1971, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2005.22A-Z

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Duane Hanson was known for his ultrarealistic sculptures that often cause viewers to pause with uncertainty as to whether they are seeing a sculpture or a person. Cast in fiberglass and resin from live models, then painted and clothed, Hanson's life-size figures are presented as ordinary individuals engaged in mundane activities. The museum has replaced the original National Enquirer on the table with a contemporary tabloid, both to spare the original from overexposure to light and to heighten the surprise for visitors that the seated woman is not alive.

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.

Woman Eating
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Not on view.
overall: 50 x 30 x 55 in. (127.0 x 76.2 x 139.7 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

  • Dress – accessory – handbag
  • Recreation – leisure – eating and drinking
  • Figure female – full length
  • Object – written matter – newspaper
  • Object – foodstuff – ice cream
  • Object – furniture – table
  • State of being – other – obese
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