abstracted image with two disembodied legs with feet and a torso at right, on a pile of other abstracted body parts; yellow and blue sky-like ground; received in gilt frame with grey liner

Torso and Limbs, 1952

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Inspired by anatomy studies by artists ranging from Leonardo da Vinci in the Italian Renaissance to Thomas Eakins in 19th-century Philadelphia, Hyman Bloom drew at medical schools and hospital morgues starting in the mid 1940s. He found this access to the human body, inside and out, harrowing, awe-inspiring, and humbling. "My concern," he explained, "was the complexity and color beauty of the internal works, the wonder, and the feeling of transgressing boundaries which such curiosity evokes."

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Title
Torso and Limbs
Artist Life
1913 - 2009
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2021.54
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abstracted image with two disembodied legs with feet and a torso at right, on a pile of other abstracted body parts; yellow and blue sky-like ground; received in gilt frame with grey liner
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