Sketch for "Sun Worshipper"

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Title

Sketch for "Sun Worshipper"

Subject

Drawing, American--20th century.
Figure drawing.
Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998

Description

Ink on paper
4.25" x 4.5"

"The mysterious Sun Worshipper, originally designed in 1937, was enlarged and cast to Full-Scale in 1994. Fredericks treated this enigmatic, contemporary figure a classical manner but the result has a spiritual, ritualistic quality. The lower limbs of the female figure, nude from the waist up, are draped with a wide skirt. Her knees are spread wide, with toes and feet together. Her open hands are spread, palms up, and her upturned face is parallel with the sky so that her throat is stretched almost beyond physical capability. The figures bold form is deeply carved, with angular, archaized features, ranging from relatively naturalistic hands and feet to the striated, abstract forms of her hair, which are echoes in the faceted drape of her skirt. The body itself is sensitively rendered with lifelike proportions and curves. Muscular, solid, and androgynous, Sun Worshipper is a powerful figure captured in a vulnerable moment. Like the dragon, this figure is curled upon itself and turned psychologically inward, but the dramatic gesture of the upturned face suggests a spiritual quest, a philosophical concept that Fredericks has explored elsewhere."

Fredericks, Suzanne P. "Marshall M. Fredericks, Sculptor", Saginaw Valley State University, 2003. p.- 14-15 Photos on pages 42 and 185

Creator

Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998

Source

Marshall M. Fredericks Papers
Series VIII, Cabinet 2 Drawer 14 Folder 7

Date

n.d.

Rights

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

Relation

VIII-02-14-07

Format

image/jpeg

Language

eng

Type

Ink drawing

Identifier

1998.001.VIII.1364

Drawing Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Ink drawing

Physical Dimensions

4.25" x 4.5"

Files

Item-#7624.jpg

Citation

Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998, “Sketch for "Sun Worshipper",” Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, accessed April 23, 2024, https://omeka.svsu.edu/items/show/7624.