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.

Date:

1917/20

Artist:

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

American Art, Gallery 272

Artist

Wilhelm Hunt Diederich

Title

Wolf and Goat Fire Screen

Origin

New York

Date

1917–1920

Medium

Cut steel, wrought iron, and steel mesh

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Marilyn Karsten in honor of her children: Lesley, Thomas Jr., Liza, and Timothy Karsten

Reference Number

1998.566

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