Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1877
Died: Miami, Florida 1954
bronze on marble base 5 7/8 x 2 5/8 x 3 in. (15.0 x 6.6 x 7.5 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
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 - bear
Performing arts - circus
Study - sculpture model
metal - bronze
stone - marble
About Albert Laessle
Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1877 Died: Miami, Florida 1954
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