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Abandoned

1916 Albert Laessle Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1877 Died: Miami, Florida 1954 Roman Bronze Works (Founder) bronze on marble base 3 7/8 x 4 1/2 x 5 3/4 in. (10.0 x 11.4 x 14.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle 1972.167.80 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 48B


Luce Center Quote

"I have a great deal of success in handling animals . . . Perhaps it is because of my sympathy for them, and because I treat them kindly." Albert Laessle, International Studio, 1924

Luce Center Label

Albert Laessle enjoyed working with animals so much that he eventually bought a studio in the country where he could keep his own. His subject matter was not always taken as seriously as that of other sculptors; even as an animal sculptor his choice of insects, lizards, frogs, and snails was uncommon among professional sculptors of his day. But it is precisely that uncommon element that makes Laessle's work special and continues to give it a unique, imaginative spark. Unlike some artists who chose to sculpt animals for their decorative value, Laessle chose them for their expressive potential. Some pieces, such as Abandoned, a bronze of a young wildcat, depict the suffering of a helpless animal in a particularly dramatic and sentimental way.

Keywords

Animal - cougar

Study - sculpture model

sculpture

metal - bronze

stone - marble

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