The Bookie (Man at the Racetrack)

(1894/cast after 1927-by early 1940s)

Medardo Rosso, Italian, b. Turin, 1858–1928

Bronze, 17 1/8 x 13 1/2 x 13 7/8 in. (43.5 x 34.3 x 35.2 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.4404

Provenance:
Francesco Rosso (Artist's son), Milan, by late 1941
Giovanni De Rossi, Milan, (gift from Francesco Rosso), late 1941-2 November 1960
Peridot Gallery, New York, 2-14 November 1960 (purchased from De Rossi through an agent, Anita Gemito)
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 14 November 1960-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Modern Sculpture from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection," 3 October 1962-6 January 1963, no. 408, ill. p. 31.
BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART, Maryland. "Twentieth Century Italian Art," 25 October -27 November 1966.
HAYWARD GALLERY, London. "Pioneers of Modern Sculpture," 20 July-23 September 1973, no. 186, ill. p. 44 (organized by the Arts Council of Great Britain).
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, pp. 68, 742, ill. 98, p. 77.
FOGG ART MUSEUM, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. "Medardo Rosso," July 19-October 26, 2003; tour to Pulitzer Museum, St Louis, November 21, 2003-February 15, 2004, and Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, March-June 2004.
JANE VORHEES ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM, New Brunswick, NJ. "Breaking the Mold: Sculpture in Paris from Daumier to Degas," 23 October 2005-12 March 2006, fig. 163, pp. 76-77.

Published References:
KUH, KATHARINE. "Great Sculpture," Saturday Review 45 (23 June 1962), p. 18.
GELDZAHLER, HENRY. "Taste for Modern Sculpture: The Hirshhorn Collection," Art News 61 (October 1962), ill. p. 29.
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), pp. 68, 742, fig. 98 p. 77.
DE SANNA, JOLE. Medardo Rosso: La Creazione dello Spazio Moderno (Milano: Mursia, 1985), p. 129.
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Symbolism