Grizzly Bear at Bay

  • Edward Kemeys, Grizzly Bear at Bay, 1871-1885, painted plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1895.10.3

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Edward Kemeys modeled many sculptures of the black and grizzly bears that he saw on his travels in the American West. He portrayed each animal’s formidable power while also capturing a lighter, more playful side to its character. In this way, Kemeys created a fiction in which wild animals were transformed into approachable, friendly creatures.

Title
Grizzly Bear at Bay
Artist
Date
1871-1885
Location
Dimensions
14 3/4 x 19 x 19 1/8 in. (37.5 x 48.2 x 23.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
painted plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – bear
Object Number
1895.10.3
Palette
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