Man Carving His Own Destiny has a long history. The first of 53 variations was created in 1907 while Albin Polasek was a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and came from the idea which endeavored to show man hewing his way out of darkness and the prison of ignorance, chiseling is how own destiny. In 1920, after becoming the head of the Sculpture Department at the Art Institute of Chicago, he modeled a new version of “Man Carving” which was four feet high. The
Date created: 1920
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