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Wilhelm Hunt Diederich (1884-1953)
Property from the Estate of Richard J. Schwartz
Wilhelm Hunt Diederich (1884-1953)

Diana and Hound

Details
Wilhelm Hunt Diederich (1884-1953) Diana and Hound inscribed with conjoined initials 'WHD' (on the base) bronze with dark brown patina 27 in. (68.6 cm.) high Modeled circa 1930.
Provenance
Private collection, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Gerald Peters Gallery, New York.
Charles Evans, New York, acquired from the above.
Estate of the above.
Christie's, New York, 29 November 2007, lot 31, sold by the above.
Acquired by the late owner from the above.

Lot Essay

Diana and Hound is exemplary of Wilhelm Hunt Diederich's mature style, in which he combines long, sinuous lines and smooth, highly polished surfaces to create stylized sculptures that capture the dynamic motion of his subjects. As in the present work, animals were a popular theme for the artist, who reminisced later in his career, "never have I ceased devoting a large part of my energies to animal subjects in some form or other. Animals seem to me truly plastic. They possess such a supple, unspoiled rhythm." (as quoted in C. Brinton, Hunt Diederich, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1920, p. 4)

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