David Smith

(American, 1906-1965)


Overall: 206.9 cm (81 7/16 in.)

Contemporary Collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art 1966.385


A former automobile assembly line worker, Smith welded locomotives and tanks for a manufacturer during World War II. Perhaps not surprisingly, he adopted industrial materials and techniques throughout his career as a sculptor. Regarding his preferred medium, Smith stated, "The material called iron or steel I hold in high respect . . .The metal itself possesses little art history. What associations it possesses are those of this century: power, structure, movement, progress, suspension, destruction, brutality."

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