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The Young Acrobat

The Young Acrobat
Artist
Douglas Tilden, born Chico, CA 1860- died Berkeley, CA 1935
Founder
E. Gruet Jeune, founded Paris, France 1891-closed 1904
Caster
E. Gruet Jeune, founded Paris, France 1891-closed 1904
Date
modeled ca. 1891
Type
Sculpture
Medium
bronze
Dimensions
33 5/8 x 12 x 12 in. (85.4 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm.)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Wayne H. Decker
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
1991.62
Luce Center Label
Douglas Tilden exhibited The Young Acrobat at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The work shows a chubby, nude baby poised unsteadily in the palm of a man's outstretched arm. The rolled-up sleeve may symbolize the working man who holds up to the world the hope and promise of the future. The work reveals Tilden's characteristic choice of subject matter that shows a measured balance between delicacy and force. Tilden believed that sculpture should be beautiful from all sides; the attention to musculature and fleshy detail on all surfaces of this work suggests that he intended it to be seen in the round.
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, W320
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor