Bush, c. 1970s
16 x 16 x 15 ½ inches
Harry Bertoia considered nature to be his strongest influence. This is most apparent in his sculptures of bushes, trees and flowers. The present work is a small, elegant example of one of Bertoia’s bush-type sculptures. He began these works in the late 1950s, producing most of them in the 1960s and 1970s. Bertoia created a number of these table-top sculptures, which varied in the density of their branches and buds, in the design of the stems, in patina, and in scale. As such, each is an excellent example of this important twentieth-century artist’s body of work.