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before 1907 Edward Kemeys Born: Savannah, Georgia 1843 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1907 bronze 11 1/4 x 12 1/4 x 7 5/8 in. (28.5 x 31.1 x 19.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of J. Willis Johnson 1984.141.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16B

Luce Center Label

Edward Kemeys modeled many sculptures of the black and grizzly bears that he saw on his travels in the American West. He portrayed each animal’s formidable power while also capturing a lighter, more playful side to its character. In this way, Kemeys created a fiction in which wild animals were transformed into approachable, friendly creatures.


Animal - bear


metal - bronze