Youth, Eyes toward the Stars

  • Leo Friedlander, Youth, Eyes toward the Stars, 1940, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Gordon D. Friedlander, 1971.152

Youth, Eyes toward the Stars was created as a fountain for a home in Pasadena, California. This was one of the last commissions Leo Friedlander received before the beginning of World War II. The man in the sculpture looks up toward the sky, his head thrown back and his arms gesturing, while the girl leans upon his shoulder and gazes downward. The pose suggests they are young lovers, involved in an emotional discussion and relying on each other for support at the outbreak of the war.

All other creatures look down toward the earth, but man was given a face so that he might turn his eyes toward the stars and gaze upon the sky.” Ovid, Metamorphoses

Title
Youth, Eyes toward the Stars
Artist
Date
1940
Location
Dimensions
22167 18 in. (56.040.518.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Gordon D. Friedlander

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – quality – hope
  • Figure group
Object Number
1971.152
Palette
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