The powerful legacy of Reuben Nakian has earned him a coveted place in the history of American art. No other sculptor of the twentieth century has matched Nakianís heroic grapplings with the grand themes of Western art, returning classical mythology to the foreground of human consciousness. His instinctual yet inventive sculptures are ennobling, exploding with maximum emotional intensification. The dynamic sensuousness and voluptuous elegance which characterizes his work mark a high point in the long tradition of sculpture from the ancient Greeks to the present. His erotic mythological figures exude a joyous energy of gesture and movement which places them among the seminal sculptural achievements of the past one hundred years....

Robert P. Metzger, Ph.D.

Nakian Centennial Retrospective Catalog
Reading Public Museum and
The Corcoran Gallery of Art



Featured Works

Satyricon I

1981, bronze
10.5 x 9.25 x 6 inches


Gulbenkian Centro de Arte Moderna, Lisbon, Portugal

Sea Rhapsody

1984, bronze
92 x 113 x 52 inches


Private Collection

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut

photo credit: Lois Dreyer