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Bronze Turkey

ca. 1911 Albert Laessle Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1877 Died: Miami, Florida 1954 bronze on marble base 31 1/2 x 24 3/4 x 26 3/4 in. (80 x 62.9 x 67.8 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 1972.167.81 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, W330


Luce Center Quote

". . . when you want to model an animal you must manage it . . . And when you do that you don’t know how much like people they really are." Albert Laessle, quoted in Grafly, "Albert Laessle, Sculptor, has a persuasive way with Animals," Christian Science Monitor, August 18, 1922

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Albert Laessle's sculptures of insects, lizards, frogs, and snails were not always taken as seriously as the works of other animal sculptors. Laessle chose to sculpt animals because he found them to be as expressive as people. He enjoyed working with animals so much that he eventually moved his studio to a farm in the Pennsylvania countryside. Laessle gave this turkey enormous tail feathers to emphasize the bird's proud preening in the farmyard.

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Animal - bird - turkey

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About Albert Laessle

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1877 Died: Miami, Florida 1954

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