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Wolf and Goat Fire Screen

A work made of cut steel, wrought iron, and steel mesh.

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  • A work made of cut steel, wrought iron, and steel mesh.




Wilhelm Hunt Diederich (American, born Hungary, 1884–1953)
Made by the Art Metal and Iron Company
New York

About this artwork

William Hunt Diedrich consistently sought to capture dynamic imagery in his works, most often through compositions featuring animals engaged in combat or play. This fire screen represents one of the artist’s most powerful realizations of this goal. Against a finely wrought background of wire mesh, a cut-steel wolf and goat are entwined in a circular dance of death. The jagged edges of the animals’ tails and fur not only add to the malevolence of their combat but also function as the tabs that attach the silhouettes to the screen. The wavelike rhythm of the screen adds to the dramatic impression of continuous movement.


On View, Gallery 272


Arts of the Americas


Wilhelm Hunt Diederich


Wolf and Goat Fire Screen


New York (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

c. 1917–1920


Cut steel, wrought iron, and steel mesh


85.1 × 113.7 × 27 cm (33 1/2 × 44 3/4 × 10 5/8 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Karsten in honor of her children: Lesley, Thomas Jr., Liza, and Timothy Karsten

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