Wild Cat and Turtle

  • Edward Kemeys, Wild Cat and Turtle, ca. 1870-1907, plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of J. Willis Johnson, 1984.141.14

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Edward Kemeys’ extensive study of animals in the wild gave him a feeling for their characters. His sculptures convey a wildness and individuality that were lost to animals in captivity. Although the beasts in many of his sculptures appear at rest, we often get the sense that more is happening in the wider environment.

Title
Wild Cat and Turtle
Artist
Date
ca. 1870-1907
On View
Dimensions
4 5/8 x 6 x 3 1/8 in. (11.7 x 15.2 x 8.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of J. Willis Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – reptile – turtle
  • Animal – wildcat
Object Number
1984.141.14
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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