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Bulls Fighting

Artist:
Solon Hannibal Borglum (American, Ogden, Utah 1868–1922 Stamford, Connecticut)
Date:
1899–1900; cast 1906–07
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
4 1/4 × 20 1/2 × 2 3/8 in., 7 lb. (10.8 × 52.1 × 6 cm, 3.2 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.105
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Borglum began modeling Bulls Fighting on a Sioux reservation in South Dakota during the summer of 1899. 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.
Signature: [top of base, right]: Solon H Borglum; [top of base, left]: Copyright 1906 by / Solon H. Borglum

Marking: [foundry mark, front of base]: Roman Bronze Works N.Y.
the artist, until 1907
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