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Baboon

ca. 1930 Bessie Stough Callender Born: Wichita, Kansas 1889 Died: New York, New York 1951 limestone 26 x 16 1/8 x 13 7/8 in. (66.0 x 41.8 x 35.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Given as a memorial to the artist by her husband, Harold Callender 1951.11.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st Floor, North Wing


Luce Center Quote

“[The baboon] was the king of his tribe and no other male dared come within reach of him as he sat triumphant surrounded by his harem.” Harold Callender, Fun Tomorrow: The Story of an Artist and a Way of Life, 1953

Luce Center Label

Bessie Stough Callender’s work was greatly influenced by the closed geometric forms of ancient Egyptian art. In Baboon, Callender carved different textures into the limestone to give the form depth and visual interest. The baboon’s face is smooth and his features are marked with sleek lines and cutouts. The intensity of the sculpture is centered in the baboon’s imposing brow, where the contoured limestone shadows fierce, intelligent eyes.

Keywords

Animal - monkey

sculpture

stone - limestone

About Bessie Stough Callender

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

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