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Girl on a Chair
George Segal was an innovator in sculpture known for his installations of white plaster figures with ghostly appearances. He depicted the dignity in everyday life, showing people poised at a bus stop, paused before a traffic intersection, or conversing on a park bench. Segal's work also took on political themes such as the Holocaust and gay pride. At the time this sculpture was created, the artist discussed its art historical references: "The chair is like a ladder with steps, the box is like a house, the girl is like a Greek caryatid holding up the roof . . . I've always liked the hardness and softness combined, this wedding of organic and geometric."
- Artist: George Segal, American, 1924-2000
- Medium: Plaster, wood and paints
- Dates: 1970
- Dimensions: 36 x 24 x 11 3/4 in. (91.4 x 61.0 x 29.8 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Unsigned
- Collections:Contemporary Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Making Art: Centennial Era, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 78.213
- Credit Line: Gift of Frederick E. Sherman
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- Caption: George Segal (American, 1924-2000). Girl on a Chair, 1970. Plaster, wood and paints, 36 x 24 x 11 3/4 in. (91.4 x 61.0 x 29.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Frederick E. Sherman, 78.213. © artist or artist's estate
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)