Desert Landscape

  • Frank Fleming, Desert Landscape, 1980, unglazed porcelain, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1980.97A-C

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Frank Fleming recalls bringing together “three unlikely companions” to create the fanciful scene in Desert Landscape. Each animal represents a different place. Fleming explains that “the idea of the camel being a ship on the desert and the penguin coming from the cold country and the parrot from the lush jungle appealed to me.” He likes to use unglazed porcelain and is careful to capture the distinct attributes of each animal, seen in the ruffled feathers of the parrot, which he reproduced by imprinting real feathers on pieces of porcelain.

Title
Desert Landscape
Artist
Date
1980
On View
Dimensions
overall: 14 1/2 x 30 x 21 in. (36.8 x 76.2 x 53.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
unglazed porcelain
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – camel
  • Animal – bird – penguin
  • Animal – bird
  • Object – furniture – chair
Object Number
1980.97A-C
Palette
Linked Open Data
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