Snarling Jaguar

Arthur Putnam American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

Putnam was well versed in animal anatomy and preferred to work from memory so that the emotional impact of his subject matter would not be obscured by over attention to realistic detail. The ferocity of the jaguar’s snarl is suggested not only by its open jaw but also by the full attenuation of its sleek body. Putnam modeled this statuette in 1906 while living in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine and cast it in 1909 in the San Francisco foundry he established with his brother-in-law Fred Storey.

Snarling Jaguar, Arthur Putnam (American, Waveland, Mississippi 1873–1930 Ville d'Avray), Bronze, American

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