Ernest Trova (1927 - 2009) was an artist who worked in many mediums with his most noted works being his Falling Man series of abstract paintings and sculptures. Trova’s Falling Man series featured an armless potbellied male figure representative of modern mankind with all their frailties and imperfections. The artist used his Falling Man figures as a ubiquitous icon of mid-century dystopia. Trova reached the peak of his popularity and fame in the 1960’s and 70’s, with the New York Times in 1969 heralding his work as “among the best of contemporary American sculpture.” During this time Trova’s work was exhibited in major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, as is often the case, such broad exposure (some would say over-exposure) lead to criticism by portions of the art world as being spawned by the popular “Pop Art” movement rather than being a pioneer of the abstract and minimalist style of sculpture.
Yellow Garage dealer Steven Stam Antiques presents a limited edition Ernest Trova sculpture titled Abstract Variation Manscape. The piece is artist signed, titled, numbered and dated with the studio mark Pace Editions Inc. 1984. This Manscape sculpture is number 3 from a limited edition of fifty. Measuring 9 1\2” high X 6 1\2” wide, the sculpture is made from enameled cold rolled steel with a mirror polished bronze figure. This beautiful work of art is in excellent condition. Collectors of modern sculpture will cherish Trova’s depiction of dystopian humanity reflected in his creation Abstract Variation Manscape.