When I purchased "Who Walketh Upon the Wind" this piece was thrown in - presumably because it was not expected to sell by itself. It's not a very pleasant subject matter - and it's just a plaster cast - even if a unique one.
Not surprisingly, it was made - and hung - amidst a fine collection of Medieval European sculpture.
The piece is not mentioned in the 1989 Spertus exhibition catalog. I believe it depicts the discomfort, anxiety, and even fear of an expectant mother. I vaguely recall that it was called "Travail", but I'm not sure.
A rather odd subject matter, isn't it? Definitely in the tradition of Kathe Kollwitz. Feeling the pain of others is about as far from the post-war American mentality as one can get.
But Milton and Estelle were far removed from that mentality - even if they lived in a central Chicago neighborhood that was rapidly becoming gentrified. They didn't even own a car.
As I recall, Milton made a few other works on related themes, most notably "The Birth of a Poet" (1970), a bronze figure of a woman in a birthing chair and an infant emerging from her womb. Also there is "Travail"(1966) a 50" X 20" walnut relief which was probably based on the plaster piece shown at the top.
Regrettfully, a catalogue raisonné has yet to be published.
Come to think of it, Chicago's Monster Roster from the 1950's were also influenced by Medieval and tribal sculpture - and the dark side of the human experience.
But, for the most part, their work belongs in a theme park's haunted house - rather than a temple, cathedral, or shrine.