Winged Dog

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Luce Center Label
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.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 25A
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
ca. 1975
Object number
1997.124.77
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Artist
Stephan W. Polaha, born Cleveland, OH 1891-died Reading, PA 1977
Topic
Fantasy\animal\dog
Medium
painted wood, metal, and glass
Dimensions
17 7/8 x 22 x 10 1/2 in. (45.4 x 55.9 x 26.7 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Sculpture
Folk Art