Sculptor - Attilio Piccirilli
Title - The Outcast
Lost Wax Cast Bronze
6 5/8" height by 6" length
(16.8 cm by 15.2 cm)
This is a rare model done as a sketch for Piccirilli's life size monument in the Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City. Piccirilli created a total of 4 monuments for this famous old cemetery, "Fortitude" from 1913, "The Outcast" from 1915, La Guardia Memorial from 1922, and Stransky Memorial from 1942.
The life size monument was carved out of marble, which is the medium that Piccirilli was best known for. It is a powerful subject and shows the loneliness of the single male figure, huddled over with his hands holding his head. The monument was exhibited in the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco California. The original was placed in the churchyard of St Marks in The Bowery, but unfortunately it was lost in a fire. A replica carving was placed in the Piccirilli family plot where it can still be seen today.
This small bronze is an emotional and powerful model that seems larger than it's size. Piccirilli must have been influenced by Rodin as The Outcast shows a similar rough texture and impressionistic modelling. The bronze has a black patina and is titled, dated and signed on the base. A wonderful example of Piccirilli's work.