Azores I

  • Fritz Bultman, Azores I, 1959, cast and welded bronze on concrete base, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection, 1980.137.15

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Fritz Bultman started drawing in 1932 when the artist Morris Graves stayed in his family’s mansion. Graves, a family friend, took the thirteen-year-old Bultman to Audubon Park in New Orleans, where together they sketched many kinds of birds for hours at a time. The fluid shapes and graceful movements of cranes, egrets, and pelicans continued to inspire Bultman until his death in 1985. Azores I evokes the silhouette of a flying bird, and the title may refer to the large Mediterranean shearwater, a bird that migrates to the Azores Islands during the winter.

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"I have a natural tendency towards . . . the flowing curves that I love consciously . . . I love everything that flows." Fritz Bultman, quoted in Firestone, Fritz Bultman: Collages, 1997
Azores I
71 x 45 1/8 x 9 1/8 in. (180.3 x 114.5 x 23.2 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection

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cast and welded bronze on concrete base
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