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FM/Shadow

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FM/Shadow

Artist: Ernest Trova (American, 1927 - 2009)
Date: 1969-1970
Medium: chrome plated bronze; aluminum
Dimensions:
Overall: 31 x 99 x 20 3/4 in. (78.7 x 251.5 x 52.7 cm.)
Other (Figure): 23 1/4 in. (59.1 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Benard Adler in memory of Mrs. Harry Frankel, 1981.39
Accession number: 1981.39
Classification: sculpture
In Collection(s)
Label TextThe St. Louis artist is best known to the public for his "Falling Man" theme (F/M) which gained him national and international prominence. Most typically, an armless nude figure of indeterminate sex stands in a relaxed position, a bit sway-backed with stomach forward. Except for an indication of a nose, the face is essentially featureless. More often than not, the figure is of a highly polished metal and reflects the environment in which it is situated. Those situations vary greatly from sculpture to sculpture and from painting to painting. Many critics have seen the Falling Man as a symbol of man as adversary confronting a scientific, technological, brave new world, while others have seen Trova's figure merely as an attempt to create a systematic ideal of human proportions. In this piece the stationary figure reaches out into its environment, not through striding forward, but through its long and expanding shadow. In F/M Shadow the narrow, immobile figure is conrtasted with its moving, broadening, shadow counterpart. Source: Bulletin, September-October, 1981.
Inscription1-3 6!9 -70 (on back of wall shadow l/r)
Published ReferencesDES MOINES ART CENTER: SELECTED PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES AND WORKS ON PAPER, Des Moines Art Center, 1985, ref. & b/w ill. p.208, pl.138
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