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Max Kalish (Polish, 1891–1945)
LOT ID: 67201
Walker, ie. circa 1934

Bronze, with dark brown patina
19 х 8 х 4 in. (48.26 x 20.32 x 10.16 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, "M Kalish" and stamped MERONI RADICE/CIRE/PERDUE on the base.
Foundry/Publisher MERONI RADICE
Lot description
Echoing the physicality of a classical Greek sculpture, Max Kalish’s dynamic rendering of a worker suggests the power and pride Kalish associates with the American laborer. Hard at work, independent, and seeming to derive pleasure from his task.

Observing the workers in his hometown of Cleveland, OH at the end of World War I, Max Kalish (1891-1945) produced figural sculptures that celebrate the strength and resilience of the American laborer. Kalish studied sculpture under Herman Matzen at the Cleveland School of Art and Herbert Adams at the National Academy of Design, New York, NY before travelling to Paris in 1912 to work and study at the Academie Colorossi and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Upon returning to the United States, kalish joined the Army Medical Corps. After the war, Kalish focused his sculptural work on portraying the American worker. His work earned him numerous honors and in 1927 he was commissioned to create the large sculpture of Abraham Lincoln for the city of Cleveland. His work is held in the public collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
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