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Azores I

1959 Fritz Bultman Born: New Orleans, Louisiana 1919 Died: Provincetown, Massachusetts 1985 cast and welded bronze on concrete base 71 x 45 1/8 x 9 1/8 in. (180.3 x 114.5 x 23.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection 1980.137.15 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Luce Center Quote

"I have a natural tendency towards . . . the flowing curves that I love consciously . . . I love everything that flows." Fritz Bultman, quoted in Firestone, Fritz Bultman: Collages, 1997

Luce Center Label

Fritz Bultman started drawing in 1932 when the artist Morris Graves stayed in his family’s mansion. Graves, a family friend, took the thirteen-year-old Bultman to Audubon Park in New Orleans, where together they sketched many kinds of birds for hours at a time. The fluid shapes and graceful movements of cranes, egrets, and pelicans continued to inspire Bultman until his death in 1985. Azores I evokes the silhouette of a flying bird, and the title may refer to the large Mediterranean shearwater, a bird that migrates to the Azores Islands during the winter.

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About Fritz Bultman

Born: New Orleans, Louisiana 1919 Died: Provincetown, Massachusetts 1985

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