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
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
About Edward Kemeys
Born: Savannah, Georgia 1843 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1907
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