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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

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 grief, resignation, torment, or even languor. Sculptor George Minne was celebrated in his lifetime for skillfully conveying of emotional states. This work’s ambiguity reflects the artist’s interest in Symbolism, a movement that prized indeterminate meaning and personal interpretation. 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  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

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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