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Panther--"Aroused"

ca. 1870-1907 Edward Kemeys Born: Savannah, Georgia 1843 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1907 plaster 12 3/8 x 13 1/4 x 7 1/8 in. (31.4 x 33.8 x 18.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of J. Willis Johnson 1984.141.9 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16B


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The big cats of the American West fascinated Edward Kemeys. He believed that observing these creatures and their prey in their natural habitat was the only way to capture their mutual struggle for survival, and scorned the idea of sketching from caged animals at the zoo. The rough surfaces and strong compositions of his sculptures evoke the sense of freedom and power inherent to these formidable creatures.

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Animal - panther

sculpture

plaster

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About Edward Kemeys

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

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