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The Artist in His Loft

George Segal (American, 1924–2000)


Overall: 228.6 x 175.3 x 152.4 cm (90 x 69 x 60 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Plaster, wood, glass, porcelain, and metal

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art



In 1961 Segal started making sculptures with the same plaster-impregnated strips of gauze used to set broken bones. First he wrapped parts of his friends’ bodies in the bandages, then assembled the dry pieces. This scene of an everyday ritual depicts painter Miles Forst shaving. The whiteness hints at the artists’ shared Minimalist sensibility, echoed in the stark, white environment and simple geometry of the studio.


The artist; with Sidney Janis Gallery, New York; 1973, purchased by Reinhard Onnasch, Berlin, Germany; May 12, 2004, sold by Sotheby's, New York, lot 44 to MFA, Boston; purchased June 23, 2004

-Reinhard Onnasch (born in 1939, Görlitz, Germany) is a Berlin real estate developer, dealer, and collector. Onnasch opened a gallery in Berlin in 1969 and in Cologne in 1970. In 1971, he opened a gallery in New York (the first German to have a gallery in New York, according to Onnasch). Onnasch was the first to represent a number of American artists in Europe. Also, Gerhard Richter's first exhibition in the United States was at Onnasch's gallery in 1973. Onnasch also owned George Segal's The Farm Worker (1962-63), Laundromat (1966-67), Artist in His Studio (1968), and Man Installing Pepsi-Sign (1973).

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by the Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Fund and the Linde Family Foundation


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