TahstvaatArtist(s)David SmithObject Creation Date1946Medium & Supportcast iron and forged fabricated steel with wood baseDimensions
30 9/16 in x 11 5/16 in x 13 5/16 in (77.63 cm x 28.73 cm x 33.81 cm)Credit LineMuseum PurchaseLabel copy
The title of this sculpture, which recalls the human form, was given to it by Smith’s wife, the sculptor Dorothy Dehner. As she disclosed in a letter six years following her husband’s death, Smith likened the protuberances near the base of the figure to the female genitals. Dehner’s suggestion that the figure "was certainly putting it out" found punning resonance in a title she suggested, "Toss Twat," which Smith thought to disguise as if it were Dutch, "Tahstvaat."
Label copy from exhibition "Dreamscapes: The Surrealist Impulse," August 22 - October 25, 1998Primary Object ClassificationSculptureCollection AreaModern and Contemporary;Modern and ContemporaryRights
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