Throughout the twenties, artists often engaged living, natural forms as surrogates for the body in works that celebrated physical presence and contact as an alternative to a routinized modern existence. Among the most original of these works, Robert Laurent’s directly carved Plant Form is an evocatively anthropomorphized composition of three organic and erotic “leaf” forms that stretch upward with a turning or unfurling motion suggested by the complex interplay of their silhouettes.
- Artist: Robert Laurent, American, born France, 1890-1970
- Medium: Wood on separate wood base
- Dates: ca. 1920-1923
- Dimensions: Overall with base: 21 1/4 x 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. (54 x 18.4 x 18.4 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Incised on rear corner of self base: "LAURENT"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Modern Life, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 2008.1
- Credit Line: Dick S. Ramsay Fund
- Rights Statement: © Estate of Robert Laurent
- Caption: Robert Laurent (American, born France, 1890-1970). Plant Form, ca. 1920-1923. Wood on separate wood base, Overall with base: 21 1/4 x 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. (54 x 18.4 x 18.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 2008.1. © Estate of Robert Laurent
- Record Completeness: Best (89%)