Bulls Fighting

Solon Hannibal Borglum American
Cast by Roman Bronze Works

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

Borglum began modeling "Bulls Fighting" during the summer of 1899 among the Crow Creek Sioux in South Dakota. The animals—one wild, with longer horns; the other domesticated and stouter—are depicted at the moment of impact, their perfectly counter-balanced forms graphically underlining the intensity of their struggle. Borglum’s group offers a symbolic comment on the decline of the Texas longhorn cattle population in the early twentieth century, when other, weightier breeds were developed that yielded more meat and were preferred by ranchers.

Bulls Fighting, Solon Hannibal Borglum (American, Ogden, Utah 1868–1922 Stamford, Connecticut), Bronze, American

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