Baboon

  • Bessie Stough Callender, Baboon, ca. 1930, limestone, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Given as a memorial to the artist by her husband, Harold Callender, 1951.11.3

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Bessie Stough Callender’s work was greatly influenced by the closed geometric forms of ancient Egyptian art. In Baboon, Callender carved different textures into the limestone to give the form depth and visual interest. The baboon’s face is smooth and his features are marked with sleek lines and cutouts. The intensity of the sculpture is centered in the baboon’s imposing brow, where the contoured limestone shadows fierce, intelligent eyes.

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“[The baboon] was the king of his tribe and no other male dared come within reach of him as he sat triumphant surrounded by his harem.” Harold Callender, Fun Tomorrow: The Story of an Artist and a Way of Life, 1953

Title
Baboon
Artist
Date
ca. 1930
On View
Dimensions
26 x 16 1/8 x 13 7/8 in. (66.0 x 41.8 x 35.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Given as a memorial to the artist by her husband, Harold Callender

Mediums
Mediums Description
limestone
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – monkey
Object Number
1951.11.3
Palette
Linked Open Data
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