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Bull

A work made of glazed stoneware.
Public Domain

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  • A work made of glazed stoneware.

Date:

About 1896

Artist:

Emmanuel Fremiet, French, 1824–1910
Produced by Émile Muller et Cie, Ivry-sur-Seine, France, 1854–1908

About this artwork

This bull and its pelican companion are in fact chimeras: imaginative beasts composed of disparate body parts from two or more animals. French sculptor Emmanuel Fremiet merged the contemporary fascination with medieval imagery—particularly gargoyles—with his lifelong zoological studies. The gothic influence shows in each creature’s set of batlike wings, while the pelican’s mismatched but eerily realistic frog body displays Fremiet’s naturalist bent.

Status

On View, Gallery 245

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Emmanuel Fremiet

Title

Bull

Place

France (Artist's nationality:)

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1891–1901

Medium

Glazed stoneware

Dimensions

55 × 59 × 30 cm (21 11/16 × 23 1/4 × 11 13/16 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Constance T. and Donald W. Patterson through the Old Masters Society

Reference Number

2018.368

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