Untitled (Hart/Heart)

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Gallery Label
Ulysses Davis carved this relief sculpture for his wife. Davis plays with words and form by depicting a hart, or mature male deer, bleating to his mate inside a heart-shaped frame. Playful young deer bound around a second border, which is set with additional heart shapes carved in relief. The piece, a departure from Davis’s better-known presidential busts and fantastic animals, speaks about familial love.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1st Floor, West Wing
ca. 1950-1960
Object number
2015.48
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Artist
Ulysses Davis, born Fitzgerald, GA 1913-died Savannah, GA 1990
Topic
Animal\deer
Emblem\heart
Medium
carved wood
Dimensions
34 × 35 × 7 in. (86.4 × 88.9 × 17.8 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Sculpture
Folk Art