La Gargouillade

Bernard Reder (b. 1897, Czernowitz, Bukovina, Austria; d. 1963, New York, NY)

In this complex composition, trumpet heads and fragmented body parts spout outwards from a central pillar with the shape and texture of a wooden post. Some of the human forms merge with musical instruments to create hybrid creatures. The various leg positions and pointed toes evoke ballerinas on pointe. The sculpture’s title, La Gargouillade, comes from the French verb “to rumble” or “to bubble” and refers to an intricate ballet movement. 

Bequest of Lawrence H. Bloedel, Class of 1923, to Williams College Museum of Art. 77.9.83.

Located at Field Farm.