Woman Eating

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Duane Hanson was known for his ultrarealistic sculptures that often cause viewers to pause with uncertainty as to whether they are seeing a sculpture or a person. Cast in fiberglass and resin from live models, then painted and clothed, Hanson's life-size figures are presented as ordinary individuals engaged in mundane activities. The museum has replaced the original National Enquirer on the table with a contemporary tabloid, both to spare the original from overexposure to light and to heighten the surprise for visitors that the seated woman is not alive.
Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.
Topic
Recreation\leisure\eating and drinking
Figure female\full length
Dress\accessory\handbag
State of being\other\obese
Object\furniture\table
Object\written matter\newspaper
Object\foodstuff\ice cream
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Artist
Duane Hanson, born Alexandria, MN 1925-died Boca Raton, FL 1996
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Medium
polyester resin and fiberglass with oil and acrylic paints and found accessories
Dimensions
overall: 50 x 30 x 55 in. (127.0 x 76.2 x 139.7 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 3rd Floor, North Wing
1971
Type
Sculpture
Object number
2005.22A-Z