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Standing Figure

A work made of marble.

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  • A work made of marble.


late 1940s


Marion Perkins
American, 1908–1961

About this artwork

Chicago sculptor Marion Perkins began making art in the late 1930s. Known for commanding heads and busts carved from wood, stone, and marble that he salvaged from architectural ruins around the city, the full-length body of Standing Figure was unusual for him. Here, a woman presses her arms tightly to herself, her head thrown back. Her sinuous position recalls Classical Greek and Roman sculptures, while her exaggerated features and restrained form are emblematic of Perkins’s individual style.


On View, Gallery 264


Arts of the Americas


Marion Perkins


Standing Figure


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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c. 1945–1949




Overall, without base: 90.8 × 20.3 × 15.2 cm (35 1/4 × 8 × 6 in.); Base: 8.9 × 45.7 × 45.7 cm (3 1/2 × 18 × 18 in.)

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Through prior bequest of Marguerita S. Ritman

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