On View

In the Morning

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

In the Morning

Artist: Anthony Caro (British, 1924 - 2013)
Date: 1986
Medium: bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 42 1/2 x 33 x 24 in., 1000 lb. (108 x 83.8 x 61 cm., 453.6 kg.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of John and Mary Pappajohn, 2015.9
Accession number: 2015.9
Classification: sculpture
Label TextAnthony Caro is best known for abstract metal sculptures, painted in lively colors and removed from any tie to a pedestal-statue relationship. Having achieved a good deal of success with that work, Caro founded the Triangle Workshop in 1982 in New York and invited 30 artists from the U.S., Canada, and Britain to join him in the summer months to experiment with ideas and techniques outside of their everyday practice. For Caro, this took him back to a process he had not employed since his student days at the Royal Academy-drawing and modeling from the nude model. In the Morning is the result of the early years of the workshop and depicts a woman stepping into a bath. Facial features are only subtly suggested in favor of emphasizing the posture, movement, and weight of the body. In titling the sculpture In the Morning, Caro not only evokes the regular ritual of bathing but the intimate, everyday nature of its subject.
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