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Giotto 08-10-2010 03:11 PM

Arthur Putnam (1873-1930)
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I just got back from California. At the de Young Museum I saw, from a distance, a cat like sculpture...another cat sculpture I thought to myself..then as I approached it I was amazed and entranced..look at how the sculptor exaggerated and distorted the front legs and shoulders to get that feeling of tension and power. The head has a skull like appearance...the overall composition has a furtive and visceral feeling. a Rodin like impression. Just a perfect work of art. I expected to find a completion date like 2007 or something. It was by Arthur Putman, completed in 1911. He had a brain tumor that year and it and that ended his career at 37. He died 20 years later.

Rodin is credited as saying he was, “the world’s greatest animal sculptor”. To be called such by Rodin is significant enough, but Rodin was himself a pupil of Antoine Bayre (1796 – 1875), widely regarded as the greatest animal sculptor of all time and father of the Animilier School.

"Puma on Guard" (ca. 1899-1911)
by Arthur Putnam (1873-1930)



Mack 08-10-2010 04:29 PM

Re: Arthur Putnam (1873-1930)
Great animal sculptor! Haven't seen his work in years. And knew nothing about his interesting life. Thanks for the links.
I was also at the de Young 3 weeks ago for the Pre-Impressionist Show there but missed spotting the Putnam.

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