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Yawning Tiger

Cast bronze with brown patina
8 1/2 x 7 x 28 7/8 inches
Work on loan: Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center, Newport News (VA)

As published in:
Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection

A Grand Menagerie: The Sculpture of Anna Hyatt Huntington
 

As exhibited in: Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection, 20182021, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson; Huntington Museum of Art, West Virginia; Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee; Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina; Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina; Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia

A Grand Menagerie: The Sculpture of Anna Hyatt Huntington, 2024, Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Virginia
 

Although she received little formal art instruction, Anna Hyatt Huntington emerged as one of the most accomplished sculptors of the era and established the nation’s first public sculpture park at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. The Bronx Zoo’s jaguars, tigers, and lions served as a catalyst for Huntington’s work for decades, and her careful study of powerful feline anatomy found repeated expression, as evidenced by Yawning Tiger. Modeled in 1917, this popular subject was created in two sizes, this example being the larger version. The languorous, sinewy cat—portrayed on its stomach in mid-stretch with tail lifted—is yawning broadly. Here, Huntington conveys the animal’s spirit with minimal detail, a trademark of her oeuvre.

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