Smoke Signal

Currency:USD Category:Art Start Price:50,000.00 USD Estimated At:100,000.00 - 200,000.00 USD
Smoke Signal
Winning Bid Undisclosed
This item SOLD at 2016 Apr 02 @ 15:45UTC-7 : PDT/MST
Smoke Signal
Artist: Houser, AllanDate of Birth: 1914-1994
Medium: Bronze, cast number 4/15
Dimensions: 54 inches high
Signed: Signed and dated 93

More realistic than many of his bronzes, Allan Houser’s Smoke Signal employs a combination of patinas to achieve its overall effect. Verdigris greens alternate with shades of traditional bronze to shape the young man’s body and garb, as well as the robe or blanket he uses to make smoke, the smoke itself, the fire, and the earth he stands on. These shades of bronze move the eye through and around the work. Communicating with smoke was no easy task. The young man looks up, watching to see that his transmission is working, and that it will be properly received at the other end. This, of course, is a metaphor for all artistic endeavor—the difficulty of mastering a medium, sending your creations out into the world, wondering, hoping they will be well received.
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