Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1877
Died: Miami, Florida 1954
bronze on marble base 3 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 6 1/4 in. (7.8 x 7.9 x 15.9 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
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 48B
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.
Animal - amphibian - frog
Animal - insect - beetle
metal - bronze
stone - marble
About Albert Laessle
Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1877 Died: Miami, Florida 1954
More works in the collection by
Blogs, Podcasts, and More
- Eye Level: On Character: Darwyn Cooke's The Hunter
- Eye Level: Gaman and the Story of the Bird Pins
- Eye Level: Reenvisioned Galleries of Folk and Self-Taught Art
- Eye Level: Film Screening: Aves: Magnificent Frigate Bird ...
- Eye Level: Picture This: Our America Travels to The Frost Art ...
- Eye Level: Luce Unplugged: Five Questions for Color Palette
- Eye Level: Gaming: Pheon-line
- Webcast of Eldredge Prize Lecture with Michael Lobel ...
- Eye Level: Picture This: Get Ready for an ARTrageous ...
- Eye Level: Give Me Park Avenue