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Sitzender Mann

1984
20th century
53.3 cm x 45.7 cm x 55.9 cm (21 in. x 18 in. x 22 in.)

Sandro Chia (Florence, Italy, 1946 – ) Primary

Object Type: sculpture
Artist Nationality: Europe, Italian
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jack S. Blanton, Sr., 2009
Accession Number: 2009.20

Working as a printmaker, painter, draftsman, and sculptor, Chia creates powerful and expressive figures that recall the heroes and heroines of classical mythology. As a prominent member of the Italian “Transavanguardia” movement of the 1970s and ‘80s, Chia and his artistic colleagues contributed to a revival of figurative depiction in painting and sculpture. Regardless of medium, Chia’s works are characterized by expressive brushstrokes, lively energy and heroic gestures. Sitzender Mann captures this vitality, counterposing raised limbs with grounded center and refracting light from its roughly textured surface. Sitzender Mann is one of several bronze sculptures produced by Chia in the 1980s; mostly male figures, they range in size from small figurines to larger- than life "heroes."

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