The J. Paul Getty Museum

Adolescent I

Object Details

Title:

Adolescent I

Artist/Maker:

George Minne (Belgian, 1866 - 1941)

Culture:

Belgian

Place:

Belgium (Place Created)

Date:

about 1891

Medium:

Marble

Object Number:

97.SA.6

Dimensions:

43 × 33.5 × 14.3 cm (16 15/16 × 13 3/16 × 5 5/8 in.)

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Object Description

This young boy defiantly exposes his nude, emaciated body while simultaneously crossing his arms protectively, his hidden face betraying anguish and despair. The rendering of his tensed muscles and taut flesh, precariously resting on his very thin legs, makes this a stunning achievement in marble carving. The symmetrical composition gives this small-scale statue a monumental effect.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
L'Oeuvre de George Minne (October 11 to 23, 1929)
  • Galerie Georges Giroux (Brussels), October 11 to October 23, 1929
Sculpture from the David Daniels Collection (October 26, 1979 to January 13, 1980)
  • The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis), October 26, 1979 to January 13, 1980
XVIIe Biennale Internationale des Antiquaires (November 1994)
  • Carrousel du Louvre (Paris), November to November 1994
Thirty Nineteenth Century European Sculptures (October 15 to November 30, 1996)
  • Shepherd Gallery (New York), October 15 to November 30, 1996
Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line (March 13 to September 23, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 3 to September 23, 2012