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Thinker, The, Full-Scale, [Plaster]


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Thinker, The, Full-Scale, [Plaster]


Animal sculpture--20th century


Dark green in color plaster Full-Scale model of the Thinker. Some of the painted surface has come off.

The chimpanzee sits with arms crossed in front of him. His hands are upon his shoulders. His legs are also crossed as he stares ahead. The knees have the classic tear drop shape characteristic of many of Marshall's animals.

"In front of both the Detroit Institute of Arts and Cleveland Museum of Art broods Auguste Rodin's bronze Thinker. When the Cranbrook Art Museum was completed, George Booth said to Fredericks, "Marshall, I want you to do a Thinker to put on the steps of the Cranbrook museum. Every museum has a Thinker in front. We should have one ." To do Rodin's sculpture over again in any form was unthinkable. With the shrewd humor he sometimes exhibited, Fredericks chose a block of black granite and carved the massive, self-enclosed ape that now site before the Cranbrook Art Museum. When it was shown to him, Booth looked at it for a moment disconcerted; then recognizing the idea and the sculpture's quality, he said, "Well, it may be that he is thinking far more interesting thoughts than we are. I'll take it.""
Fredericks, Suzanne P. "Marshall M. Fredericks, Sculptor", Saginaw Valley State University, 2003. p.2

One of Fredericks Thinkers sits just outside of the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum.

This work is signed "Marshall M. F" The rest of the name fades out and is unreadable except for the "D" in Fredericks.


Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998




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




University Center (Mich.)

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Physical Dimensions

25" x 15" x 18"



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Object Location

Sculptors Studio


12/11/2001 gifted to MFSM

March/April 2003 relocated to Sculptor's Studio

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