Flight

  • Brenda Putnam, Flight, copyright 1941, issued 1942, 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, 1972.167.2

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The theme of flight was popular in American art throughout the interwar years and represented the aspirations of a society transformed by modern technology. Brenda Putnam symbolized the peaceful blessings of flight by picturing a dove on the obverse of this medal. The bird represents the innocent dream of flight evoked in the youthful nude figure on the reverse. Research has not revealed the purpose for which this medal was commissioned.

Title
Flight
Artist
Commissioner
Founder
Date
copyright 1941, issued 1942
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 7/8 in (7.3 cm) diam.
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
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture – vehicle – airplane
  • Animal – bird
  • Figure male – full length
  • Landscape – celestial – sun
  • Figure male – nude
Object Number
1972.167.2
Palette
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