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Desert Landscape

1980 Frank Fleming Born: Bear Creek, Alabama 1940 unglazed porcelain overall: 14 1/2 x 30 x 21 in. (36.8 x 76.2 x 53.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1980.97A-C Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54A

Luce Center Label

Frank Fleming recalls bringing together “three unlikely companions” to create the fanciful scene in Desert Landscape. Each animal represents a different place. Fleming explains that “the idea of the camel being a ship on the desert and the penguin coming from the cold country and the parrot from the lush jungle appealed to me.” He likes to use unglazed porcelain and is careful to capture the distinct attributes of each animal, seen in the ruffled feathers of the parrot, which he reproduced by imprinting real feathers on pieces of porcelain.


Animal - bird

Animal - bird - penguin

Animal - camel

Object - furniture - chair

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - porcelain