Man with a Pick

Mahonri Mackintosh Young American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 772

Young, a grandson of the Mormon leader Brigham Young, is recognized for his realistic statuettes of manual laborers under physical strain. In Man with a Pick, he heightened the impact of the muscled worker’s exertions by suspending the heavy tool he is wielding over his bowed head. In Young’s self-described "tribute to honest toil," he reflected in his sculpture not only an interest in the male body and masculinity, but also his advocacy of the work ethic, a central Mormon tenet.

Man with a Pick, Mahonri Mackintosh Young (American, Salt Lake City, Utah 1877–1957 Norwalk, Connecticut), Bronze

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