Winged Dog

  • Stephan W. Polaha, Winged Dog, ca. 1975, painted wood, metal, and glass, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 1997.124.77

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Stephan W. Polaha created fanciful creatures that were often an amalgamation of different figures and concepts from his life. In Winged Dog, Polaha added wings to man's best friend. The blank expression and bright red mouth suggest that this spotted canine is a new whimsical breed. Polaha had pet dogs and often included images of dogs in his pieces. He was also a devout Catholic, and Winged Dog could have served as a memorial to a lost pet.

Title
Winged Dog
Artist
Date
ca. 1975
On View
Dimensions
17 7/8 x 22 x 10 1/2 in. (45.4 x 55.9 x 26.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums
Mediums Description
painted wood, metal, and glass
Classifications
Keywords
  • Fantasy – animal – dog
Object Number
1997.124.77
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
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