Untitled, 1960
Raoul Ubac (1910-1985)
Location: Sunken courtyard, near Kline Biology Tower

The chance discovery of a piece of slate in 1946 inspired Belgian-born sculptor, painter, and photographer Raoul Ubac to explore this medium’s physical properties and sculptural potential. He became fascinated with its soft surface and easy response to the chisel, crafting it into stylized human torsos or abstract relief carvings such as Untitled. Close parallel incisions add a vivid texture to portions of his works and heighten the illusion of depth. Here the gray stone acts as a window to break the monotony of the brick wall, and its naturally smooth planes vaguely suggest objects in a busy landscape. Gift of Mrs. David Thompson to Kline Science Library, 1968