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Falcon

1937 Bessie Stough Callender Born: Wichita, Kansas 1889 Died: New York, New York 1951 marble 14 1/8 x 5 7/8 x 6 5/8 in. (35.8 x 15.0 x 18.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Harold Callender 1960.8.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st Floor, North Wing


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In Falcon the smooth, sloping lines of the bird contrast with the rough bulk of the base, which retains the original texture of the marble. The falcon’s expression is alert and inquisitive. Something seems to have caught his eye, and he is poised to attack or flee. His form is tense and energetic like his face, and his body rises out of the stone as if he may take flight at any moment. The sculpture conveys the animal’s primal instinct at its peak.

Keywords

Animal - bird - falcon

sculpture

stone - marble

About Bessie Stough Callender

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

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