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Kneeling Youth

A work made of plaster.

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  • A work made of plaster.

Date:

c. 1900

Artist:

George Minne
Belgian, 1866–1941

About this artwork

Described as “the sculptor of gesture,” George Minne skillfully conveyed emotional states through pose. Here, a gaunt young man kneels with his head lowered and his arms wrapped tightly around himself. His posture indicates physical and psychological self-enclosure, but it is unclear whether the composition embodies torment, grief, resignation, or even languor. This uncertainty enhances the work’s mystery and reflects the artist’s interest in Symbolism, a movement that prized indeterminate, personal meaning. This plaster was probably included in the 1900 Vienna Secession exhibition, a key venue for the display of avant-garde art and design.

Status

On View, Gallery 246

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

George Minne

Title

Kneeling Youth

Place

Vienna (Object made in)

Date

1895–1905

Medium

Plaster

Dimensions

73.7 × 16.5 × 35.6 cm (29 × 6 1/2 × 14 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Celia and David C. Hilliard

Reference Number

2021.274

Extended information about this artwork

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