MATERIAL: metal: bronze
DIMENSIONS: overall: 98 in x 55 in x 35 in
CREDIT: Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier
© Estate of Isaac Witkin, photo: David W. Steele
'Madame Butterfly' demonstrates shades of Witkin's early career constructivism combined with his later interest in free-form shapes created through bronze sand casting techniques. 'Madame Butterfly' is associated with the character from Puccini’s beloved opera. The graceful curves of the bronze echo the flowing drapes of a kimono and the triangular portion at top resembles the folds of a fan.