This two-dimensional plaque, designed for placement in a window, is a circular arrangement of four frenzied animals within an octagonal outer edge. The serration of the wolves' fur and tails and the animals' stylized and dynamic bodies seem to be an early manifestation of Art Deco, but they also derive from folk art, particularly the decorative carvings and embroideries of Diederich's native Hungary that he so admired. When Diederich gave this plaque to his friend the artist George Biddle about 1930, Biddle installed it in a circular gable window of the house he was building in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
the designer, New York (until ca. 1930; his gift to Biddle); George Biddle, Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. (ca. 1930–71; his gift to MMA)
New Brunswick, N.J. Rutgers University Art Gallery. "Vanguard American Sculpture, 1913–1939," September 16–November 4, 1979, no. 33 (as "Plaque: Hunt Scene").
Chapel Hill. William Hayes Ackland Art Center, University of North Carolina. "Vanguard American Sculpture, 1913–1939," December 4, 1979–January 20, 1980, no. 33.
Omaha. Joslyn Art Museum. "Vanguard American Sculpture, 1913–1939," February 16–March 30, 1980, no. 33.
Oakland, Calif. Oakland Museum. "Vanguard American Sculpture, 1913–1939," April 15–May 25, 1980, no. 33.
Joan M. Marter inAmerican Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Thayer Tolles. Vol. 2, A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1865 and 1885. New York and New Haven, 2001, pp. 728–29, no. 363, ill.
Artist: Wilhelm Hunt Diederich (American (born Hungary), Szent-Grot 1884–1953 Tappan, New York)Date: 20th centuryMedium: Ink and charcoal, outlined in white chalkAccession: 55.171.14On view in:Not on view