Flight

Media - 1972.167.2 - SAAM-1972.167.2_1 - 48100
Copied Brenda Putnam, Flight, copyright 1941, issued 1942, bronze, 2 78 in (7.3 cm) diam., 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

Artwork Details

Title
Flight
Commissioner
Society of Medallic Arts
Founder
Medallic Art Company
Date
copyright 1941, issued 1942
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
2 78 in (7.3 cm) diam.
Markings
back lower right in relief: 19 BP (in a circle) 41/© lower center in relief: FLIGHT rim top incised: THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS TWENTY SIXTH ISSUE 1942 - BRENDA PUTNAM SCULPTOR rim bottom incised: MEDALLIC CO. N.Y. BRONZE
Credit Line
Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle
Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Keywords
  • Figure
  • Architecture — vehicle — airplane
  • Animal — bird
  • Figure male — nude
  • Figure male — full length
  • Landscape — celestial — sun
Object Number
1972.167.2

Artwork Description

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.