Unfettered

1924, BRONZE

Created as the female companion to Man Carving His Own Destiny, Polasek saw woman, at last breaking through the clouds of ignorance and superstition into the full light of freedom. Art critic Dorothy Grafly (daughter of Polasek’s mentor, Charles Grafly) wrote the following observation after Unfettered was awarded a top prize at the Philadelphia Annual Exhibition of 1925: “In making the award, the jury of the Fairmount Park Art Association is to be congratulated, for not only has it set a high standard, but it has redeemed in some measure the prestige of the old Academy.”