Defiance

  • Albert Laessle, Defiance, 1939, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle, 1971.124

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For many years, Albert Laessle worked out of a country studio, allowing animals such as chickens and goats to be a part of his daily routine. Laessle's fascination with animals started when he was a boy and a classmate brought a snapping turtle into science class. The entire class crowded around the turtle, watching its every move. Close study of animals was crucial to Laessle's artistic process, whether he was observing them in their natural habitat or in the Philadelphia Zoo.

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"To do anything with animals, you have to know your subject. Looking at it from the safe side of iron bars won't give you much information. That's why I've never made a lion." Albert Laessle, quoted in the Gainsville Sun, 1972
Title
Defiance
Artists
Date
1939
On View
Dimensions
31 x 16 3/8 x 27 1/2 in. (78.6 x 41.6 x 69.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – bird – eagle
  • Animal – reptile – snake
Object Number
1971.124
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