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Antelope

1929 Bessie Stough Callender Born: Wichita, Kansas 1889 Died: New York, New York 1951 black Belgian marble 16 x 12 1/8 x 24 1/8 in. (40.6 x 30.8 x 61.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Given as a memorial to the artist by her husband, Harold Callender 1951.11.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, W330


Luce Center Label

Bessie Stough Callender grew fond of this baby antelope while watching it play in the botanical gardens on the grounds of the Natural History Museum in Paris. Her husband, Harold, recalled that Bessie was "fascinated by its graceful movements, his slender legs and tiny hooves, his arched body, his sensitive face and round inquiring eyes." She captured the quiet creature’s docile personality by sculpting it as it lay down and by polishing the hard marble until it looked like soft antelope hide. (Harold Callender, Fun Tomorrow: The Story of an Artist and a Way of Life, 1953)

Keywords

Animal - antelope

sculpture

stone - marble

About Bessie Stough Callender

Born: Wichita, Kansas 1889 Died: New York, New York 1951

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