OOS Sculpture

Sun Drawing the Waters

1929 / Chester A. Beach / Cleveland

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The figure of the sun is shown drawing the water from the fountain into clouds using his bolts of light and heat. One arm stretches over his head into his quiver, drawing a bolt of heat, and the other arm stretches across his body bearing the bow. Beach's careful carving of the figures musculature and dynamism allude to the raw power of The Sun, which is also evoked in his fiery hair and Apollonian proportions. At his feet, horses, like the ones that draw Apollo's chariot, gallivant in the clouds alongside fish. Preliminary models showed the figure adorned with a crown, but this design was abandoned in favor his wild hair. The base of the sculpture has been carved with a relief of the sun peeking over the horizon and waves curling into foam.

The Sun Drawing the Waters is one of a pair of Bronze sculptures in the garden, the other being the kneeling figure of Earth Receiving the Rain, across the courtyard.

Location: Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard

County

: Cuyahoga

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Citation

: Chester A. Beach, “Sun Drawing the Waters,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed October 19, 2021, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/index.php/items/show/49.

Title

Sun Drawing the Waters

Description

The figure of the sun is shown drawing the water from the fountain into clouds using his bolts of light and heat. One arm stretches over his head into his quiver, drawing a bolt of heat, and the other arm stretches across his body bearing the bow. Beach's careful carving of the figures musculature and dynamism allude to the raw power of The Sun, which is also evoked in his fiery hair and Apollonian proportions. At his feet, horses, like the ones that draw Apollo's chariot, gallivant in the clouds alongside fish. Preliminary models showed the figure adorned with a crown, but this design was abandoned in favor his wild hair. The base of the sculpture has been carved with a relief of the sun peeking over the horizon and waves curling into foam.

The Sun Drawing the Waters is one of a pair of Bronze sculptures in the garden, the other being the kneeling figure of Earth Receiving the Rain, across the courtyard.

Date

1929

Publisher

Ohio Outdoor Sculpture

Identifier

49

Location City

Location County

Location Notes

Fine Arts Garden

Provider Qualifier

Gift of

Provider Entity

Mrs. Leonard C. Hanna

Location Site

Location Street

11150 East Boulevard

Location Type

Media Base Depth

4 feet

Media Sculpture Height

6 feet, 1 inches

Media Sculpture Width

2 feet, 10 inches

Media Sculpture Depth

2 feet, 7 inches

Media Base Height

2 feet, 6 inches

Media Base Width

6 feet, 1 inches

Creation Date

1929

Materials

Inscription

Foundry mark on rear center of base