Woman in Arm Chair

Woman in Arm Chair by George Segal
Photo by William J. Hebert.

A major figure in the American Pop Art movement, George Segal trained as a painter at New York University and Rutgers, but was largely self-taught as a sculptor. He was inspired to start casting real people while teaching art and English to high school students. His figures capture moments of everyday life which are both timeless and introspective. Segal's first sculptures were made of dental plaster, then he began to use plaster-infused bandages; later, he developed a reverse cast technique that allowed him to translate his plasters into bronze.

George Segal. Woman in Arm Chair, 1994. Bronze, 47 x 27 x 53 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © The George and Helen Segal Foundation licensed by VAGA, New York, New York.