LOUISE ALLEN HOBBS (AMERICAN, D. 1953) BRONZE SCULPTURE "WATER CARRIER" C. 1914
Cast by Gorham Founders Co., in original black patina; marked LOUISE ALLEN HOBBS MCM XIV and Gorham Founders OYX verso
Item # 611JGP07A
A most striking work from the first quarter of the 20th century, the sculpture captures the exotic spirit of the Art Deco movement with an unnatural angularity and stark simplicity, an elimination of all unnecessary elements. The seated figure is depicted here in a state of somber revolt against the humility of her circumstances, carrying large water jugs in the crook of her arm while covered in only a thin towel draped in layers across her thighs. Despite the vulnerability, she sits with fierce erectness of posture while her eyes are closed and her palms are raised toward the sky in quiet worship. It is a powerful piece that is unwrapped slowly. Works by Louise Allen Hobbs are quite rare and generally are cast by Gorham Founders. She was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, she studied at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and the School of Boston Museum of Fine Arts. While completing this work she lived at 9 Copley Studios, Boston, Massachusetts.
- Dictionary of American Sculptors, 18th Century to the Present, 1984, Glenn Opitz, p. 183
Measurements: 16 1/8” H x 7 7/8” W x 7 1/4” D
Excellent original patina with light handling wear to raised areas (nose, hair, shoulder blades, etc.), traces verdigris oxidization.