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Portrait of an Old Man [Wood]

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Title

Portrait of an Old Man [Wood]

Subject

Figure sculpture, American--20th century

Description

Portrait of an Old Man, 1929
Black walnut

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall M. Fredericks
1994.003

Fredericks executed several woodcarving during the early part of his career. He made this sculpture, possibly during his senior year, at the Cleveland School of Art. Note the varying degrees of finish in the portrait. The head is worked in greater detail than the lower portions of the sculpture, and the bark of the tree is left intact around the bottom. A large crack down the back of the sculpture was filled with wood shims at the time of carving.

This is the only portrait Fredericks is known to have carved in wood. The subject is unknown.

Creator

Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998

Date

1930

Rights

Use of this image requires permission from the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Type

Sculpture

Coverage

University Center (Mich.)

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

23.125" x 16" x 15.75"

Materials

Black Walnut

Catalog Number

1994.003

Object Location

Main Gallery

Provenance

05/26/1994 gifted to MFSM

Notes

From Jennifer Lentz (Collection Documentation Intern 1991-1992)

Memo dated April 22, 1992:

"RE: Portrait of an Old Man and Wood Sprite
I asked Molly about these and about any other wood carvings Fredericks did. For Portrait of an Old Man he made a model first from life. For Wood Sprite he carved it directly. In 1931 when he got to Cranbrook he carved 6 other small works directly from fence rails. He has since given away 5 of them and he has one."

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