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Plant Form

Robert Laurent

American Art

On View: American Identities: A New Look, Modern Life, 5th Floor
In this hand-carved work, the French-born Brooklyn artist Robert Laurent formed three organic and erotic leaf forms that stretch upward with a turning or unfurling motion suggested by the complex interplay of their silhouettes. Throughout the 1920s artists often engaged living, natural forms as surrogates for the human body in works that celebrated physical presence as an antidote to modern, mechanized lives. Among his earliest freestanding sculptures (Laurent had previously carved frames and two-dimensional reliefs), this work is one of a small handful of plant and flame subjects by the artist.
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
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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
IMAGE overall, 2008.1_view2_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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