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David K. Rubins (American, 1902-1985)


David K. Rubins

Nude, about 1946


18 inches high

Gift of Abraham Zimmerman

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David Rubins was born in Minneapolis and received his education at Dartmouth College.  He then traveled to Europe to continue his studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and Académie Julian.  Rubins was also a fellow in sculpture at the American Academy in Rome.  His sculpture was primarily figurative and included a monument of Abraham Lincoln as a young man for the Indiana State Capitol and the bronze cherub that was on the clock during Christmas season at L. S. Ayres and Company in downtown Indianapolis. Rubins is also known for his busts of prominent people, including the architect Evans Woolen, President William Henry Harrison and Indianapolis Governor Henry Schricker.  Rubins taught sculpture and anatomy at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis.

This nude’s flowing curves and idealized forms reflect Rubins’ exposure to early twentieth-century French sculpture and his dedication to traditional subjects and methods.  Rubins exploits the texture of the warmly colored marble, accentuating the smoothness of the skin by contrasting it with the roughly worked stone in the hair and support.


David K. Rubins.  The Human Figure: An Anatomy for Artists, New York: Penquin Group, 1975. ISBN-13: 978-0140042436

Object Information

David K. Rubins (American, 1902-1985)
creation date
about 1946
20-3/4 x 7-1/2 x 8 in.
mark descriptions
Signed, right, at rear underside of base: RUBINS
accession number
credit line
Gift of Mr. Abraham Zimmerman
© David Kresz Rubins
American Painting and Sculpture to 1945