Night and Day

Night and Day

Photo by William J. Hebert

In this piece by the celebrated American artist Marshall Fredericks, the passage of time is personified with two figures, representing night and day. Night is a graceful female, who floats upon a swan and carries a small bird in her hand. Day, the male figure, is more muscular and sits upon an otter hunting a fish. Such allegorical representations of time appear frequently throughout the history of art.

Marshall Fredericks. Night and Day, 1959 (cast 1987). Bronze, h. 32 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Marshall Fredericks.