Bear Cub Grooming
- Paul Wayland Bartlett (American, New Haven, Connecticut 1865–1925 Paris)
- Made in United States
- 9 1/2 x 9 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. (24.1 x 24.4 x 27 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Friends of the American Wing Fund, 2006
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In 1889 Bartlett earned a grand prix for his lifesize bronze Bohemian Bear Tamer at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. The multifigure sculpture, now on view in the Charles Engelhard Court of the American Wing, was purchased for the Metropolitan in 1891 (acc. no. 91.14). Bartlett capitalized on its success by casting reductions after the Gypsy figure and standing bear as well as the seated bear cub; he was one of the first American sculptors to generate income by issuing such editions. His sophisticated knowledge of animal anatomy, expertly revealed in these statuettes, was acquired through study with the leading French animal sculptor Emmanuel Frémiet.