Born: Bern, Kansas 1905
Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1980
plaster 9 1/8 x 13 3/8 x 4 1/2 in. (23.2 x 34.0 x 11.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Alice H. Moore
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 48B
Luce Center Label
Bruce Moore created this plaster model Great Dane for part of the pediment design for the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Laura Fraser, the artist responsible for the pediment sculptures, selected Moore because of his fondness for representing animals. Fraser sent Moore to a local breeder to study a live Great Dane up close, but to sculpt this piece Moore had to overcome his fear of dogs. Luckily he was able to put his fears aside, befriend "Lindy," and create this distinguished portrait.
Animal - dog - great dane