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.
- Wilhelm Hunt Diederich
- Wolf and Goat Fire Screen
- New York
- Cut steel, wrought iron, and steel mesh
- 85.1 × 113.7 × 27 cm (33 1/2 × 44 3/4 × 10 5/8 in.)
- Restricted gift of Marilyn Karsten in honor of her children: Lesley, Thomas Jr., Liza, and Timothy Karsten