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Black Panther

1928 Bruce Moore Born: Bern, Kansas 1905 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1980 bronze 12 3/4 x 23 1/2 x 6 1/8 in. (32.4 x 59.7 x 15.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Alice H. Moore 1993.69 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 48B


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The panther was a common motif during the art deco era, signifying power and elegance. All of the movement in Black Panther comes from the sleek, fluid surface. The panther’s body is stretched and frozen in an exaggerated pose that is beautiful if unnatural. His body seems even longer because his legs reach beyond the base. This extension pulls the viewer’s eyes in, across, and out of the sculpture in one smooth movement.

Keywords

Animal - panther

sculpture

metal - bronze

About Bruce Moore

Born: Bern, Kansas 1905 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1980

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