In 1948, together with William Baziotes, Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko, artist David Hare founded the short-lived Subjects for Artist School in New York. The same year, Hare moved to Paris where he met Alberto Giacometti and the two quickly became friends. It was during this time when Hare began to experiment with steel and bronze, and would often incorporate found metal objects into his compositions. The influence of Giacometti and his time abroad is evident in this work from 1951, where the expressive use of metal creates a sense of kinetic energy and the spindly form seems to step right off the stone base. Hare also pulls from the Surrealist movement happing at the same time, and when turned upside-down, this sculpture reveals a sly, laughing face.