Small Black Bear

  • Edward Kemeys, Small Black Bear, ca. 1870-1907, plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of J. Willis Johnson, 1984.141.11

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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
Small Black Bear
Artist
Date
ca. 1870-1907
On View
Dimensions
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 5 in. (10.8 x 8.9 x 12.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of J. Willis Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – bear
Object Number
1984.141.11
Palette
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