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WHen NOw Becomes Then

Posted by
Ruthiebear (Titusville, NJ, United States) on 17 May 2017 in Art & Design.

“When Now Becomes Then”
A cast sculpture of a young woman sitting, drawing the waterfall

"When Now Becomes Then" is a bronze cast sculpture created by J. Seward Johnson, Jr. This statue is very life-like because it was created by casting a mold of a real person, then using the mold to form the bronze model. Johnson is best known for casting statues, like this one was done, of real people doing everyday activities. Here the statue is sitting along the riverside as if sketching a picture of the river and its falls. The extremely realistic imagery achieved by the casting and by the painting of the statue is the technique called "trompe l'oeil." Johnson is also famous not only for his art, but for being an controversial heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune. The name plaque near the sculpture reads: When Now Becomes Then, By J. Seward Johnson, Jr.

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Dany Kervran from Morillon, France

Great work of this artist, and I like the way you photographed the sculpture, including vegetal elements, close and around it.

17 May 2017 5:10am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Excellent. )

17 May 2017 5:53am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

It is a very realistic work of art.

17 May 2017 6:24am

Mauro Brando from Arlanda, Sweden

Excellent shot! Great image! Very original!

17 May 2017 7:32am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une très belle sculpture

17 May 2017 8:00am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice sculpture. You captured it nicely.

17 May 2017 8:50am

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

Interesting title. Thanks for sharing the story around it.

17 May 2017 9:27am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Duane Hanson is the master of this technique. Do you know his work? Although realistic you can read this as sculpture, unlike Duane's where the only give away is their lack of movement.
Nice capture

17 May 2017 9:32am

@grouser: I was not familiar with him. ON looking him up, I like his art even better. Much more realistic in models and details.

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France


17 May 2017 9:41am

jean pierre a from France

belle sculpture!! amitiés

17 May 2017 10:04am

Maria-lina from Brownsburg Chatham Qc, Canada

Superbe Ruth, magnifique! Bise, bonne journée tout en douceur!

17 May 2017 10:07am

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Nice framing of the sculpture. Well done.

17 May 2017 10:34am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful composition with the sculpture and superb colors .

17 May 2017 10:42am

Lewis from Harns, Netherlands

Her clothes look real too! Great pov, shot of the sculpture underneath the tree.

17 May 2017 10:51am

Shaun from Thorton, United States

Excellent detail on this fine sculpture. Wonderful image.

17 May 2017 10:53am

Marjolein from Netherlands

Very well done by you and the artist !

17 May 2017 10:55am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Interesting title/info and a nice photo of this bronze sculpture.

17 May 2017 11:22am

Devi from Chennai, India

Superb shot and angle !! So life like !!
Ah ! The Johnson & Johnson family!!!

17 May 2017 11:33am

Lai Chan See from Singapore, Singapore

The placement of this sculpture is just perfect.

17 May 2017 1:35pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful capture of this fascinating sculpture that is, as you mention, very lifelike. It's fascinating that a mold is made from a living person.

17 May 2017 1:47pm

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Excellent framing. Wonderful capture in beautiful colors.

17 May 2017 2:38pm

Brockaly from Leominster, United Kingdom

The artist at work, well taken.

17 May 2017 3:11pm

Anne from France

So realistic!

17 May 2017 4:45pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Ohhh! Excellent image ... I love these sculptures of your country... HUGS

17 May 2017 5:50pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Excellent framing as she is half-enveloped by the surrounding foliage!! Realistic indeed. Beautiful colors throughout. Thank you for the background info.

17 May 2017 6:12pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Incredible, and also illusory.
Hard to know if this was a real human wearing paint.......or not.

17 May 2017 7:05pm

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

It's a very realistic image Ruthie
Lovely art!

17 May 2017 8:29pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Beautiful !

18 May 2017 12:48am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A very informative narrative. This is a wonderful sculpture. And so life like! Now I know why!

18 May 2017 1:24am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

A very thoughtful artist.

18 May 2017 2:02am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh excellent

18 May 2017 2:20pm