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Bear and Fish

1935-1943 Emmanuel Viviano Born: Chicago, Illinois 1907 Died: 1980 stoneware 10 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 9 1/8 in. (26.8 x 26.0 x 23.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Louis Cheskin 1977.42.11 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 48B


Luce Center Label

Although Emmanuel Viviano’s Bear and Fish was cast in stoneware, it has some of the visual characteristics of a sculpture created by direct carving. The forms are compact and somewhat bulky, and the material between the belly and legs of the bear is not cut away. The facial features of the bear are expressive, but faint and without detail. Mottled gray-green and amber colors and a rough, scored surface give this sculpture a rugged appearance that reflects the bear’s natural environment.

Keywords

Animal - bear

Animal - fish

New Deal - Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project? - Illinois?

sculpture

ceramic - stoneware

About Emmanuel Viviano

Born: Chicago, Illinois 1907 Died: 1980