The young man strains to pour water from a primitive knotted skin sack, his simple stance contrasts with the contorted pose of his arms and head. A sculptor associated with the symbolist movement, Minne thus uses the body of the boy to suggest the awkwardness of adolescence.
Artist George Minne, Belgian, 1866-1941
  • Man with a Watersack
  • L'Homme a L'Outre (alternate title)
Date 1897
Medium Plaster
Dimensions Overall (figure): 24 1/2 × 16 × 8 1/4 inches (62.2 × 40.6 × 21 cm)
Overall (base): 3 3/8 × 16 5/8 × 11 1/4 inches (8.6 × 42.2 × 28.6 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Shelden III Fund and the Henry Ford II Fund
Accession Number 1986.48
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View Modern N200, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed, on surface of base, at center, between figure's feet: GMINNE
Atelier of Minne;
purchased by Minne's doctor from the family.
(Shepherd Associates Gallery);
1986-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
De Ridder, A. George Minne. Antwerp and Amsterdam, 1947, no. 10 (ill.).

George Minne en de Kunst Rond 1900. Exh. cat., Museum voor Schonon Kunster. Ghent, 1982, pp. 35-40, p. 133, no. 59.

Retospektieve Leon de Smet 1881-1966. Exh. cat., Museum Leon De Smet. Sint-Martens-Latem, 1986, unpaginated (ill.).

Darr, A.P. "European sculpture and decorative arts acquired by the Detroit Institute of Arts 1978-87." The Burlington Magazine 130 (June 1988): p. 500 (fig. 116).

Alhadeff, A. "Meunier and Minne: subterranean visions and the blue summits of the soul." Bulletin of the DIA 65, no. 1 (1989): pp. 23-35 (ill.).

"Principales acquisitions des musees en 1986." La Chronique des arts et de la curiosité: supplement to Gazette des beaux-arts, no. 1418 (March 1987): p. 26, no. 163 (ill.).