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Startled Bird

Bernard Meadows (British, 1915–2005). Startled Bird, 1955. Bronze, edition 2/6; 24 x 17 3/8 x 11 1/4 inches (61 x 44.1 x 28.6 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1958 (K1958:39). © 1955 Estate of Bernard Meadows.

© Estate of Bernard Meadows

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© Estate of Bernard Meadows

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© Estate of Bernard Meadows

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© Estate of Bernard Meadows

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© Estate of Bernard Meadows

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© Estate of Bernard Meadows

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© Estate of Bernard Meadows

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Bernard Meadows

British, 1915-2005

Startled Bird, 1955

bronze

Edition: 2/6

overall: 24 x 17 3/8 x 11 1/4 inches (60.96 x 44.13 x 28.57 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1958

K1958:39

More Details

Inscriptions

signature / l. front / Meadows

Class

Sculpture (visual work)

Work Type

Cast (sculpture)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

During the 1950s, Bernard Meadows focused on a series of sculptures depicting mammals, birds, and insects. His work is characterized by the fantastically primal animal emotions they convey, and the imagery of Startled Bird is no exception. Meadows was particularly drawn to the rooster, which he portrays here standing nearly upright, wings outstretched and neck fully extended. This awkward pose expresses the bird’s fear but would also appear threatening to predators. The animal’s agitation is further conveyed in the coarse execution of the sculpture. Initially, Meadows roughed out his subject in plaster over an underlying armature. After it dried, he then modeled the form with more plaster. In its second application, however, the plaster was only slightly tacky and required the use of a palette knife to move it around. Finally, Meadows formalized in bronze the highly texturized surface that resulted from this unique process.

Label from Menagerie: Animals on View, March 11–June 4, 2017

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