Hugo Robus (1885–1964) was an American sculptor and painter from Cleveland, Ohio. He studied at the Cleveland School of Art and at the National Academy of Design in New York. Robus went to Paris in 1912 and saw the Futurist exhibition at Galerie Bernheim-Jeune; the exhibition transformed Robus’ perception and he soon began painting works influenced by Cubism, Futurism and Synchromism. In Paris, he studied sculpture with Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, and on his return to America, Robus began to make models in clay and plaster. Beginning in 1920, he devoted his full energies to modelling streamlined figurative sculptures and casting them in plaster, silver and bronze. The continuous, curving contour of his best-known work, Girl Washing her Hair (1933, New York, Museum of Modern Art), which when reflected in its polished metal base forms a complete circle, suggests a synthesis of motion with simple solid form. This fusion of muscle and action was the central motif of Robus’ sculpture. Forum Gallery represented Hugo Robus towards the end of his life, and has shown his work since the gallery opened.