Marisol (Marisol Escobar). The Family. 1962

Marisol (Marisol Escobar) The Family 1962

  • MoMA, Floor 4, 412 The David Geffen Wing

Made primarily of blocks of wood, Marisol’s sculptures combine painting and figurative drawing with found objects—such as the sneakers and door in The Family. “In the beginning,” the artist explained, “I drew on a piece of wood because I was going to carve it, and then I noticed that I didn’t have to carve it, because it looked as if it was carved already.” This work was based on a photograph of a family whose worn clothes and shoes suggest hardscrabble circumstances; with characteristic warmth and wit, Marisol has translated their dignity and charisma into three dimensions.

Gallery label from 2020
Medium
Paint and graphite on wood, sneakers, tinted plaster, door knob and plate, three sections
Dimensions
Overall 6' 10 5/8" x 65 1/2" x 15 1/2" (209.8 x 166.3 x 39.3 cm)
Credit
Advisory Committee Fund
Object number
231.1962.a-c
Copyright
© 2021 Marisol
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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