Marino Marini focused on balance and suspended action in the majority of his figurative sculptures. This sculpture is part of a large series from the 1940s depicting figures of dancers, jugglers and circus performers. This theme was a favorite subject for modern artists from Impressionism through mid-century. Although the pose initially looks classical, close inspection reveals a physical awkwardness — Marini's subtle reference to the precariousness of modern life.

Marino Marini. _Juggler_, 1954. Bronze, 64.2 x 23.5 x 15.9 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York /ADAGP, Paris