Untitled (Bird Bath with Figures)

  • William Edmondson, Untitled (Bird Bath with Figures), ca. 1932-1940, carved limestone, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Margaret Z. Robson Collection, Gift of John E. and Douglas O. Robson, 2016.38.87A-C

Edmondson’s carved sculptures often reflect his deep spirituality. Birds and birdbaths were forms he revisited frequently, signaling his affinity for the creatures who kept him company as he worked. His birds appear dovelike, metaphorically conveying the Holy Spirit or themes of peace, but also evoking feelings of mourning, for the haunting cooing sound they make.
(We Are Made of Stories: Self-Taught Artists in the Robson Family Collection, 2022)
Title
Untitled (Bird Bath with Figures)
Artist
Date
ca. 1932-1940
Location
Dimensions
32 12 × 26 78 × 12 34 in. (82.6 × 68.3 × 32.4 cm) weight: 308 lb. (139.7 kg)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Margaret Z. Robson Collection, Gift of John E. and Douglas O. Robson

Mediums Description
carved limestone
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Figure female – full length
Object Number
2016.38.87A-C
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