Stevedore was inspired by Young’s admiration for the drawings and paintings of French artist Jean-François Millet and Belgian sculptor Constantin Meunier, whose depictions of laborers he saw while a student in Paris. In this statuette, the stooped posture of the coal carrier vividly conveys the weight of the load he is bearing on his back and shoulders. For Young, the laborer not only offered the opportunity to depict the human body in motion, but also to extol heroic individuals who perform hard menial work with dignity.
Inscription: Signed (top of base, between feet): M M Young
Marking: Foundry mark (back of base): ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N.Y.
the artist (until 1914; sold to MMA)
Andover, Mass. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy. "Mahonri M. Young: Retrospective Exhibition," September 21–November 12, 1940, no. 2 (as "The Stevedore").
Provo, Utah. B. F. Larsen Gallery, Harris Fine Arts Center, Brigham Young University. "Mahonri M. Young from the Brigham Young University Art Collection," January 13–February 3, 1969, no. 22.
New York. M. Knoedler & Company, Inc. "Mahonri M. Young from the Brigham Young University Art Collection," March 11–April 12, 1969, no. 22.
Provo, Utah. Brigham Young University Museum of Art. "Mahonri: A Song of Joys," October 14, 1999–November 18, 2000, not in catalogue.
Frank Owen Payne. "The Tribute of American Sculpture to Labor." Art and Archaeology 6 (August 1917), p. 86, fig. 4 (unknown cast).
Albert TenEyck Gardner. American Sculpture: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1965, p. 132.
Thomas E. Toone. Mahonri Young: His Life and Art. Salt Lake City, 1997, pp. 53, 56, 88, ill. p. 55, erroneously states that this work was acquired by the Museum in 1912.
Joan M. Marter inAmerican Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Thayer Tolles. Vol. 2, A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1865 and 1885. New York and New Haven, 2001, pp. 621–22, no. 285, ill.