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Gallery Text

Minne was a leading figure in European turn-of-the-century symbolism, which posited explorations of interiority, spirituality, and the unconscious as antidotes to the materialism of an industrialized society. The figure of the kneeling youth was a recurrent motif in Minne’s oeuvre, and this one’s serpentine figure and downcast face evoke a state of contemplation and solitude, if not melancholy. The omission of naturalistic details, like musculature or individualized toes, abstracts the depiction of the youth’s body. This slim and angular figure exemplifies the artist’s sculptural style, which was celebrated for its synthesis of the elongated figure of the Gothic with the contemporary decorative style of Art Nouveau.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
BR34.199
People
George Minne, Belgian (Ghent, Belgium 1866 - 1941 Laethem-Saint-Martin, Belgium)
Title
Kneeling Youth with a Shell
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Boy with a Lily Pad; Kneeling Boy
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
sculpture
Date
1923
Culture
Belgian
Location
Level 1, Room 1510, Modern and Contemporary Art, Art In Germany Between the Wars
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
69 x 44.5 x 25 cm (27 3/16 x 17 1/2 x 9 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: incised on base at l.l.: G Minne
Provenance
[Galerie Thannhauser, Berlin].
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Association Fund
Copyright
© George Minne / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Belgium
Accession Year
1934
Object Number
BR34.199
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Exhibition History

32Q: 1510 Busch Winter garden, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/01/2014

Private Practice, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/27/2015 - 01/12/2016

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