Kingcrab and Beetle

  • Albert Laessle, Kingcrab and Beetle, 1903, bronze, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle, 1972.167.93

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Albert Laessle enjoyed working with animals so much that he eventually bought a studio in the country where he could keep his own. His subject matter was not always taken as seriously as that of other sculptors; even as an animal sculptor his choice of insects, lizards, frogs, and snails was uncommon among professional sculptors of his day. But it is precisely that uncommon element that makes Laessle’s work special and continues to give it a unique, imaginative spark.

Title
Kingcrab and Beetle
Artists
Date
1903
On View
Dimensions
3 1/8 x 3 3/8 x 6 3/8 in. (7.8 x 8.5 x 16.1 cm)
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
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – insect – beetle
  • Animal – fish – crab
  • Animal – fish – mussel
Object Number
1972.167.93
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