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Monday, September 6, 2021

“Toy Soldier” by Vik Muniz

Vik Muniz (Brazilian artist, born 1961) created his installation "Toy Soldier", based on a portrait of Pvt. Edwin Francis Jemison, 2nd Louisiana Regiment C.S.A., ca. 1860-62. Jemison, a native Georgian enlisted at 16 and died at 17 at the Battle of Malvern Hill in Virginia. Four thousand plastic toy soldiers were used to create this image. In 2016, this work was sold at Sotheby's Latin America: Contemporary Art auction for 18,750 USD.The "Toy Soldier" is a part of a triptych, or three panels that include two other works "Horse"(a war horse) and "Old Cheyenne" (a Native American chief) created also from plastic soldiers.

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