Donkey

  • John B. Flannagan, Donkey, ca. 1930-1931, granite, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1973.165

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“Embrace all living forms . . . the stately dignity of the Mountain Goat, the ironic pensiveness of the apparently thoughtful Monkey, and (in his greater moments) the timeless yet rebellious patience of the Ass.” John Flannagan, The Sculpture of John Flannagan, 1941

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John Flannagan often spoke of the sympathy he saw between the materials he worked with and the subjects that he carved. He tried to find in each stone the suggestion of a form hidden within it. In Donkey the stubbornness of the granite (one of the most difficult stones to carve) matches the personality of the animal. The donkey feels like such a part of the stone that he almost appears fossilized. The subtle outlines that define his body also make the sculpture seem worn and ancient.

Title
Donkey
Artist
Date
ca. 1930-1931
On View
Dimensions
7 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (19.0 x 23.5 x 10.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
granite
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – donkey
Object Number
1973.165
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Donkey
about 1930-1931, granite

JOHN B. FLANNAGAN
Born: argo, North Dakota 1895– Died: New York, New York 1942

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