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Chance Meeting

Chance Meeting represents one of George Segal's favorite motifs: people on city streets. A one way street sign identifies an urban environment, while three figures face each other in close proximity. This pose, along with the title, implies that they are friends or acquaintances who have unexpectedly met on the street. Segal often used family and friends as models. In Chance Meeting, the woman wearing high heels is the artist's daughter, Rena Segal. This plaster sculpture contains details captured by the casting process, including folds in the clothing and even top-stitching on seams.

Gift of Carroll Janis and Donna Seldin Janis in honor of the 75th Anniversary of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Plaster, aluminum, and galvanized steel
55.0 x 41.0 x 123.0 in
Text: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2023
Image: The George and Helen Segal Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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