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.
- George Minne
- Kneeling Youth
- Vienna (Object made in)
- 73.7 × 16.5 × 35.6 cm (29 × 6 1/2 × 14 in.)
- Gift of Celia and David C. Hilliard