Catalogue Raisonné

The Estate of David Smith is preparing a new catalogue raisonné of the artist's sculpture for publication. We have also created a database of information and images documenting paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, ceramics and jewelry created by Smith. The Estate would be grateful to receive inquiries and information from individuals and institutions that wish to propose sculptures for inclusion in the catalogue raisonné or who own works by David Smith in other media.


Please Help Us Locate These "Lost" Sculptures!

The Estate is seeking to contact the owners of a number of David Smith sculptures, or works attributed to David Smith, whose whereabouts are currently unknown. Many of these have been missing for decades, and the Estate may not have photographs or adequate information for an entry in the new catalogue.

Please help us work toward our aim to represent each piece to its best advantage. If you have any information about the current or past ownership of these works, we would appreciate hearing from you. All information will be handled in accordance with the owner's wishes, and will be kept strictly confidential by request.

1930-1939  |  1940-1944  |  1945-1949  |  1950-1954  |  1955-1959  |  1960-1964  |  view all

Classic Figure II (Sedate Figure) , 1945
12 1/4 x 3 x 6 inches (31.1 x 7.6 x 15.2 cm)
Krauss catalogue no. 161

Inscription: "David Smith 45"

Last known location: Sold at auction, Sotheby's, New York, May 4, 1994, sale no. 6554, lot no. 1


Brooch, 1945
2 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 3/16 inches (5.7 x 3.8 x .5 cm)
Krauss catalogue no. 680

Last known location: Collection Dorothy Dehner, New York


Race for Survival (Spectre of Profit) , 1946
(Alternate title: Spectre-Race for Survival)
Steel and stainless steel
18 3/8 x 33 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches (46.7 x 85.1 x 15.9 cm)
Krauss catalogue no. 209

Inscription: Signed and dated: "David Smith 1946"

Last known location: Private collection, courtesy Eykyn MacLean


Untitled, 1947
Steel, painted
72 x 50 inches (182.9 x 127 cm)
Krauss catalogue no. 216

Last known location: Estate of the artist, Bolton Landing, New York


Insect, 1948
Steel and silver, painted
21 1/2 x 20 x 4 inches (54.6 x 50.8 x 10.2 cm)
Krauss catalogue no. 218

Last known location: Private collection, courtesy Asher Edelman


The Eagle, 1949
Medium and dimensions unknown
Krauss catalogue no. 222

Last known location: Collection of the artist, Bolton Landing, New York


The Maiden's Dream-Variation, 1949
28 3/4 x 20 1/2 x 20 1/4 inches (73 x 52.1 x 51.4 cm)
Krauss catalogue no. 225

Inscription: on base, "David Smith 1947-48-49"

Last known location: Sold through private dealer by Dr. and Mrs. T. R. McElhenney, Austin, Texas


Polio's War, 1949
Dimensions unknown
Krauss catalogue no. 226

Last known location: Exhibited at the Polio Poster Competition, Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 31-November 20, 1949


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