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ca. 1893 Edward Kemeys Born: Savannah, Georgia 1843 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1907 bronze 8 3/4 x 12 x 3 in. (22.2 x 30.5 x 7.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of J. Willis Johnson 1984.141.5 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16B

Luce Center Label

In 1893, Edward Kemeys sculpted several pieces for the World’s Columbian Exposition, including the two lions that flank the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago. This piece may have been a study for those colossal creatures. Kemeys captured the lion’s proud stance and defiant stare. The stillness and alert pose create the sense that the animal has found its prey.


Animal - lion


metal - bronze