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Untitled (Hart/Heart)

ca. 1950-1960 Ulysses Davis Born: Fitzgerald, Georgia 1913 Died: Savannah, Georgia 1990 carved wood 34 × 35 × 7 in. (86.4 × 88.9 × 17.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 2015.48 Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st Floor, West Wing


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Ulysses Davis carved this relief sculpture for his wife. Davis plays with words and form by depicting a hart, or mature male deer, bleating to his mate inside a heart-shaped frame. Playful young deer bound around a second border, which is set with additional heart shapes carved in relief. The piece, a departure from Davis’s better-known presidential busts and fantastic animals, speaks about familial love.

Keywords

Animal - deer

Emblem - heart

sculpture

folk art

About Ulysses Davis

Born: Fitzgerald, Georgia 1913 Died: Savannah, Georgia 1990

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