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Snarling Leopard

Edward Kemeys

Artwork Details

Snarling Leopard
Edward Kemeys
5 1/2 in x 12 3/16 in x 5 1/16 in (13.97 cm x 30.96 cm x 12.86 cm)
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker


Subject Matter:

This work is characteristic of Kemey's bronzes: he sought to portray the animalistic temperament, movement and behavior of great American beasts, favoring that over anatomically accurate studies. After studying in Paris, striving to stand alongside the famous French animaliers like Antoine-Louis Barye, he returned to North America to record the wildlife of America's vanishing frontier. Throughout his career, he created a number of works representing big cats, both alone and in family groups. With this work, Kemeys was particularly interested in capturing the nature of wild animals from the American West. His snarling leopard presents an emotionally-charged and powerful composition as the animal is ready to pounce on its prey.

Physical Description:

This bronze sculpture represents a leopard. On a rocky outcrop, the animal is in a crouching position with its mouth slightly open. Its tail curls down by its hind leg, next to which the work is signed, inscribed in the clay model, "Edward S. Kemeys."

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