Born: Savannah, Georgia 1843
Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1907
plaster 11 1/2 x 13 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (29.2 x 33.7 x 21.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of J. Willis Johnson
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16B
Luce Center Label
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.
Animal - jaguar