Elegance

  • Heinz Warneke, Elegance, ca. 1927, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Julia Bretzman, 1972.171

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In Elegance, Heinz Warneke captures the proud nature of the domestic cat. The highly polished surface of the sculpture accentuates the solid yet graceful posture of the alert feline. The simple, abstract rendering is characteristic of the artist's direct carving technique, an attribute of much of his work produced in Paris between 1927 and 1932. The regal and stylized quality reflects Warneke's interest in ancient Egyptian sculpture, of which he commented, "It satisfies my desire for a brief strong statement—yet free from any coarseness of treatment.

Title
Elegance
Artists
Date
ca. 1927
On View
Dimensions
17 x 8 1/4 x 7 7/8 in. (43.1 x 21.0 x 19.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Julia Bretzman

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – cat
Object Number
1972.171
Palette
Emoji
URL
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