Mahonri Mackintosh Young American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

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.

Stevedore, Mahonri Mackintosh Young (American, Salt Lake City, Utah 1877–1957 Norwalk, Connecticut), Bronze

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