Standing Women and Children
Jean Juhlin (American, b. 1931)
DimensionsWork : 18 3/4 x 24 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (47.63 x 61.6 x 24.13 cm)
Credit LineGift of Kimberly Vincent in honor of Monty and Julianne Vincent
LabelArtist Jean Juhlin has developed a national reputation over the past several decades for her sensitive depictions of Native Americans, especially Native American women. Although Juhlin has taken classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Instituto National de Bellas Artes in Mexico, she considers herself to be largely self-taught. Her work follows in the tradition of Francisco Zuniga and other Mexican artists who depict indigenous Americans in mundane poses, as if capturing a private moment in their daily lives. Her figures are graceful and dignified, appearing neither heroic nor oppressed. This sculpture of women and children is a fine example of Juhlin’s art. The figures are huddled together as if they getting ready to go to market or perhaps waiting for a bus. The somewhat mysterious grouping invites viewers to construct their own narrative explanation.