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Robert Laurent

Sleeping Dog
1920
crayon and pencil
17 1/16 x 22 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase

Laurent varied his lines—from the delicate curve of the animal's back to the bold outlines of the haunch and ear, from the short, regular hatchings in the shadowy muzzle to the broad sweeps of tone that suggest volume. A strong sense of mass, simplified, closed forms, and smoothly flowing surface planes distinguish this drawing from a more naturalistic rendering. They also reflect Laurent’s background as a sculptor who carved in wood and stone.