Head of a Cat

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Paul Wayland Bartlett created many sculptures of animals during his early career in France. He studied the menagerie of wild creatures at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris and modeled sculptures of domestic animals such as cats, dogs, and goats. In the tradition of the animaliers, he often focused on facial expressions to capture the animal’s emotion.
Topic
Animal\cat
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Artist
Paul Wayland Bartlett, born New Haven, CT 1865-died Paris, France 1925
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mary O. Bowditch
Medium
bronze
Dimensions
5 x 4 1/8 x 4 1/2 in. (12.7 x 10.4 x 11.4 cm)
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modeled ca. 1877-1880
Type
Sculpture
Object number
1961.11.10