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Tyger

Tyger
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Artist
Bruce Moore, born Bern, KS 1905-died Washington, DC 1980
Date
ca. 1950
Type
Sculpture-Relief
Medium
wood mounted on wood
Dimensions
8 1/2 x 15 in. (21.5 x 38.1 cm)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Alice H. Moore
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Object number
1984.121.6
Luce Center Label
Bruce Moore had a natural love of animals and was particularly drawn to large jungle cats. His favorite was the tiger, and he would spend hours at the nearest zoo, attempting to capture the forms of these great mammals in motion. His most famous tigers, a pair of ten-foot-long snarling bronzes, can be found at Princeton University, in New Jersey. This sculpture, which shows the tiger lunging at a snake, is one of many the artist made during his lifetime. The unique spelling of "tyger" may have been a reference to the William Blake poem quoted above, which includes the line "Did he who made the Lamb make thee?" It is possible that the poem inspired Moore to create a depiction of the Garden of Eden with a fearsome "Tyger."
Luce Object Quote
"Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?"
From William Blake's poem "The Tyger" (from Songs of Experience, 1794)
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 48B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor
Usage
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