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Baby Robin

modeled ca. 1890-1895 Paul Wayland Bartlett Born: New Haven, Connecticut 1865 Died: Paris, France 1925 bronze 3 7/8 x 2 5/8 x 3 3/4 in. (9.8 x 6.7 x 9.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III 1958.11.19 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16B


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Paul Wayland Bartlett developed his abilities as an animalier while working under the French sculptor Emmanuel Frémiet. They sketched and modeled animals at the Jardin des Plantes, a famous botanical garden in Paris. Frémiet usually depicted the peaceable side of animal life in his sculptures and often modeled his creatures in family groups. Bartlett followed this example in Baby Robin, in which the young bird is expressive without being depicted sentimentally. The inquisitive eyes and alert pose create an endearing image of a fragile creature.

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Animal - bird - robin

sculpture

metal - bronze

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About Paul Wayland Bartlett

Born: New Haven, Connecticut 1865 Died: Paris, France 1925

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