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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Sculpture: 20th century: Abstract Man
Abstract Man

Abstract Man
Louis Schanker
carved and painted wood
22 x 4 3/4 x 5 in. (55.9 x 12.2 x 12.7 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost
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Abstract Man was carved during the 1930s, when Louis Schanker first began combining abstract shapes with figurative forms. The piece makes a connection between his graphic work and his carved sculptures. He translated the spirals, curves, and geometric shapes of his woodcuts into three dimensions, creating a figure that evokes a primitive statue or a totem.

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