27 September 2004
Joe Brown (1900-1985)
inscribed 'Jesse Owens © Joe Brown 1942' (along the base)
bronze with brown patina
24½ in. (62.2 cm.) high
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National Sculpture Review, Champions of American Sport, Winter 1981-82, vol. XXX, cover illustration, another example.
An artist and an avid athlete himself, Joe Brown is best remembered for his sculptures of sports figures in action. Following the example of his mentor, R. Tait McKenzie, Brown's sculptures communicate a graceful fluidity and inherent strength of the human figure. His sculpture of world-record-setting Olympian Jesse Owens captures the confident intensity and focus of the runner.
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