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Environment and Heredity
Environment and Heredity
Date:
1931
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Etching
Dimensions:
Image: 303 x 252 mm (11 15/16 x 9 15/16 in.)
Department:
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
North America
Accession Number:
54953.1
Acquisition Date:
1937-03-03
Credit Line:

Gift of Mr. Shigenori Toriyama

Exhibition History:

CCA: 100 Years in the Making
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Opening date: 10/12/07
Closing date: 3/25/08
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Oakland Museum of California: 10/12/07 to 3/25/08
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In the center of a swirling cosmos of heaven and earth shapes--moon, sun, clouds, fire, whirlpool--sit a large muscular man ("environment"), a smaller old woman ("heredity") and a yet smaller man (the figure of mankind) between them. In this allegory, the muscular man and the old woman each clasp "mankind" in their hand. He is caught between them: the artist's interpretation is literal. (Monica Jensen 04/15/93)