George Segal (American, 1924-2000)
The Holocaust, 1982
- Plaster, wood, and wire
- Dimensions variable
- The Jewish Museum, New York
- Purchase: Dorot Foundation Gift, 1985-176a-l
- Art © The George and Helen Segal Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Not on view
In the early 1960s, Segal began using found objects to create environments that reflected the mundane realities of the workaday world. He populated these with plaster figures cast from living models. Segal's work is often associated with Pop art, although his work reflects a strong current of personal experience and human emotion. George Segal died on June 9, 2000, at the age of seventy-five.
GEORGE SEGAL'S TECHNIQUE
To create his life-sized figures, George Segal wrapped his models in medical bandages dipped in plaster. Once the plaster dried, he would cut off the hardened cast. Segal would often cast the forms in sections and then assemble the completed figure afterward. He rarely used professional models, instead casting his sculptures from family, friends, neighbors, and even himself.