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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Sculpture: 20th century: Bronze Turkey
Albert Laessle



Albert Laessle

(born Philadelphia, PA 1877 -- died Miami, FL 1954)

“Nothing is too small to escape his notice . . . for Laessle is a student of nature, and models the life of the animal rather than the animal itself.” Dorothy Grafly, 1922


Albert Laessle was the son of German immigrants who settled in Philadelphia in the 1850s. He may have come by his artistic skill from his father, who was a wood-carver by trade. Laessle attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1901, where he studied under Charles Grafly. He was inspired to sculpt animals after observing a snapping turtle that had been brought to the studio for Grafly’s dinner. Laessle was so fascinated by the turtle that he convinced Grafly not to kill it until after he had studied it.


Image Credits: Courtesy Photographs of Artists Collection II, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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