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Warrior Ancestor Figure
Warrior Ancestor Figure

Warrior Ancestor Figure

Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Area of Lualaba, Luika, and Lukuga rivers, Hemba people
19th century
Wood
33 1/8 x 10 1/4 x 9 1/8 in. (84.1 x 26 x 23.2 cm)
AP 1979.03
This dignified figure of a Hemba warrior, with his upright posture and lofty, outward gaze, would have served as the focus for the veneration of its ancestors among one of the Hemba peoples of the central and eastern Congo.
Chibinda Ilunga
Chibinda Ilunga

Chibinda Ilunga

Africa, northeastern Angola, Chokwe people
mid-19th century
Wood, hair, and hide
16 x 6 x 6 in. (40.6 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm)
AP 1978.05
This imposing figure represents the hero Chibinda Ilunga, royal ancestor of the Chokwe people. According to legend, Ilunga, the son of a great Luba chief, wooed Lweji, a Lunda chieftainess. He introduced into that tribe the concept of divine kingship and also taught the Lunda the art of hunting.
Waterfall and Monkeys
Waterfall and Monkeys

Waterfall and Monkeys

Shibata Zeshin
Japanese (1807–1891)
Meiji period (1868–1911)
1872
Hanging scroll; ink and light colors on silk
73 7/8 x 44 3/4 in. (187.7 x 113.7 cm)
AP 1984.12
Shibata Zeshin was the outstanding Japanese lacquer artist and painter of the nineteenth century. An energetic and prolific artist, he earned distinction during his lifetime for paintings that showed unusual creativity. Zeshin painted several works in which animals mimic human behavior.
Kneeling Mother and Child
Kneeling Mother and Child

Kneeling Mother and Child

Africa, Tanzania-Mozambique border area, Makonde people
late 19th century
Wood
14 1/2 x 5 3/8 x 4 3/4 in. (36.8 x 13.6 x 12 cm)
AP 1979.37
Among the few East African peoples who make sculptures in any quantity, the Makonde produce unusually naturalistic figures.
Penelope
Penelope

Penelope

Antoine Bourdelle
French (1861–1929)
20th century
1909
Cast bronze, dark green patina
47 1/8 x 17 1/4 x 14 3/4 in. (119.7 x 43.8 x 37.5 cm)
AP 1969.03
Bourdelle is generally acclaimed as the most important heir to Rodin, in whose studio he was an assistant from 1893 until 1908.
L'Air
L'Air

L'Air

Aristide Maillol
French (1861–1944)
20th century
Designed in 1938, cast in 1962
Bronze, cast 5, edition of 6
50 13/16 x 92 11/16 x 38 in. (129 x 235.5 x 96.5 cm)
AP 1967.06
This is one of eight bronze and lead sculptures corresponding to the stone figure for a monument commissioned from Maillol by the city of Toulouse, France.
Walking Flower (La fleur qui marche)
Walking Flower (La fleur qui marche)

Walking Flower (La fleur qui marche)

Fernand Léger
French (1881–1955)
20th century
1952
Ceramic, edition of 3
123 x 96 x 55 in. (312.4 x 243.8 x 139.7 cm)
AG 2011.02
After his groundbreaking investigations of complex forms and patterns in the paintings of his Cubist years—paintings such as the 1920 Composition—Léger moved towards a style of greater generalization and simplicity.
Oval Form (Trezion)
Oval Form (Trezion)

Oval Form (Trezion)

Barbara Hepworth
British (English) (1903–1975)
20th century
1962-63
Bronze, cast 4, edition of 7
36 15/16 x 57 1/2 x 33 in. (93.9 x 146 x 83.8 cm)
AG 2011.03
Constellation (for Louis Kahn)
Constellation (for Louis Kahn)

Constellation (for Louis Kahn)

Isamu Noguchi
American (1904–1988)
20th century
1980–83
Basalt
a: 40 x 58 x 43 in. (101.6 x 147.3 x 109.2 cm) b: 84 x 33 x 29 in. (213.4 x 83.8 x 73.7 cm) c: 24 x 27 x 24 in. (61 x 68.6 x 61 cm) d: 26 1/2 x 96 1/2 x 34 in. (67.3 x 245.1 x 86.3 cm)
AG 1983.01 a-d
Around 1980, the great twentieth-century stage designer, furniture maker, and sculptor, Isamu Noguchi, was inspired to create a sculpture ensemble for the grass courtyard on the east side of the Kimbell in honor of architect Louis Kahn.
Woman Addressing the Public: Project for a Monument
Woman Addressing the Public: Project for a Monument

Woman Addressing the Public: Project for a Monument

Joan Miró
Spanish (1893–1983)
20th century
1980–81
Bronze
146 1/2 x 96 in. (372.1 x 243.8 cm)
AP 1996.01
With its peculiar proportions and anatomy, Miró’s huge fantasy monument Woman Addressing the Public is indebted to the artist’s lifelong study of the imaginative and expressive powers of the art of children.
Figure in a Shelter
Figure in a Shelter

Figure in a Shelter

Henry Moore
British (English) (1898–1986)
20th century
cast 1983
Bronze, edition of 6
72 x 80 x 90 in. (182.9 x 203.2 x 228.6 cm)
AG 2011.01
Henry Moore is one of the most important sculptors of the twentieth century. Beginning as a carver in wood and stone, Moore moved to modeling sculpture to be cast in bronze, taking the human form as his constant theme.

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