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Housewife The MET Breuer (2)

Duane Hanson American 1925 – 1996

Housewife 1969-70

Polyester, resin, and fiberglass, polychromed in oil and mixed media, with accessories


Hanson often identified his figures by their occupations or social roles, rather than by their names. His photorealistic sculptural portraits—cast from life, painted, and dressed in clothes corresponding to their roles—are thus transformed into ethnographic types. Their positions subtly critique their social realities as well as the contexts of their display. Hanson’s typically lower-and middle class characters are empathetically portrayed in private or mundane moments; their appearance is at once startlingly present yet distinctly at odds in a gallery setting, where they are encountered almost voyeuristically, thus amplifying their isolation.


From the Placard: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

The MET Breuer: Like Life Sculpture, Color, And The Body.


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Taken on April 17, 2018