Sleeping Jaguar

  • Edward Kemeys, Sleeping Jaguar, ca. 1870-1907, plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of J. Willis Johnson, 1984.141.10

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The big cats of the American West fascinated Edward Kemeys. He believed that observing these creatures and their prey in their natural habitat was the only way to capture their mutual struggle for survival, and scorned the idea of sketching from caged animals at the zoo. The rough surfaces and strong compositions of his sculptures evoke the sense of freedom and power inherent to these formidable creatures.

Title
Sleeping Jaguar
Artist
Date
ca. 1870-1907
On View
Dimensions
11 1/2 x 13 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (29.2 x 33.7 x 21.6 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of J. Willis Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – jaguar
Object Number
1984.141.10
Palette
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