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Object Name sculpture
Title Over the Waves (Boy on a Dolphin)
Artist Jennewein, Carl Paul
Date 1931 ca.
Medium bronze
Dimensions H-47 W-31.5 D-17 inches
Signature "C.P. Jennewein"
Signature Location base
Makers inscription on L of dolpin, on base, "© 1931 C.P. Jennewein"; on R of dolphin, on base, "BEDFORD BRONZE FDNY/ NY"
Provenance Euphan Stewart
Credit line Euphan Stewart Memorial Gift
Accession Number G.1954.4
On view: yes
Label information Carl Paul Jennewein was born in Germany. After immigrating to the United States and becoming a U.S. citizen, he later returned to Europe to study in Italy. The Museum's sculpture, Boy on a Dolphin, was created a decade later. The sculpture contains aspects of tradition and Modernism. It shows the ideal beauty of the human form that was popular during the 19th century. However, the sculpture also contains the movement and energy of 20th century Modernism. The latter can also be found in the 20th century work of Malvina Hoffman and Harriet Whitney Frishmuth.

In Greek mythology, Poseidon, the sea god, rescued his son Taras from a shipwreck by sending a dolphin. The sculpture shows Taras holding on and leaning back due to the speed with which the dolphin is moving.
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