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George Segal

The Dinner Table

Approximate: 82 x 150 x 135 in. (208.3 x 381 x 342.9 cm.)
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George Segal (1924-2000)

The Dinner Table

cast plaster models, wood, ceramic and mirror

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George Segal (1924-2000)

The Dinner Table

cast plaster models, wood, ceramic and mirror

approximate: 82 x 150 x 135 in. (208.3 x 381 x 342.9 cm.)

(dimensions variable)

Executed in 1962.

Signature
Cast plaster models, wood, ceramic and mirror
George Segal
American, 1924–2000
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Whether portraying modern couples sitting in a park (Gay Liberation, 1980), or a biblical family’s unfolding drama (Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael, 1987), George Segal’s life-size human figures express the fragility of the human condition. Hyperrealism, achieved by making full-body casts of live models using plaster bandages, renders the figures familiar and emotionally resonant. As such, Segal has been seen by some to have rejected the cool calculations of Pop art, despite being considered a prominent exponent of the movement for his casual depictions of contemporary culture and everyday situations. Yet, covered in bright primary colors or whitewash, Segal’s figures emanate an otherworldly strangeness, prompting New York Times critic Roberta Smith to describe them as “emotionally confounding.”

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About the work
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Christie's

George Segal (1924-2000)

The Dinner Table

cast plaster models, wood, ceramic and mirror

Read more

George Segal (1924-2000)

The Dinner Table

cast plaster models, wood, ceramic and mirror

approximate: 82 x 150 x 135 in. (208.3 x 381 x 342.9 cm.)

(dimensions variable)

Executed in 1962.

Signature
Cast plaster models, wood, ceramic and mirror
George Segal
American, 1924–2000
Follow

Whether portraying modern couples sitting in a park (Gay Liberation, 1980), or a biblical family’s unfolding drama (Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael, 1987), George Segal’s life-size human figures express the fragility of the human condition. Hyperrealism, achieved by making full-body casts of live models using plaster bandages, renders the figures familiar and emotionally resonant. As such, Segal has been seen by some to have rejected the cool calculations of Pop art, despite being considered a prominent exponent of the movement for his casual depictions of contemporary culture and everyday situations. Yet, covered in bright primary colors or whitewash, Segal’s figures emanate an otherworldly strangeness, prompting New York Times critic Roberta Smith to describe them as “emotionally confounding.”

George Segal

The Dinner Table

Approximate: 82 x 150 x 135 in. (208.3 x 381 x 342.9 cm.)
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.