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Bronze Sculpture of Indian & Lion ~ Edwin Willard Deming (1860-1942)

  • $ 95000

Vintage Native American bronze sculpture by Edwin Willard Deming (1860-1942) titled "Figure Playing a Flute". This striking bronze has an unusual composition depicting a Native American man standing on a naturalistic rock playing a flute which seems to be mesmerizing his mountain lion companion at his feet who is looking upwards at him in a domesticated way. Both figures are seamlessly smooth in casting and detail is intimated along with natural movement and position. This piece sits atop a black square of marble which was cast in 1971 by the Fenn bronze works in a limited edition of 100.

Signed in the plinth with both the sculptors name and the bronze foundry that cast it this is the number 13 of a limited edition of 100. Edwin Willard Deming, born in Ashland, Ohio on 26 August 1860, dedicated his life to the artistic preservation of American Indian culture. Primarily a painter, he was also a muralist, illustrator and sculptor of Indian and animal subjects. He enrolled at the Art Students League in New York , followed by a year in Paris at the Académie Julian.

In 1887, he made the first of many trips to the Southwest to paint the Apache and Pueblo. He then traveled to Oregon to paint the Umatilla and on a later trip he lived for a year with the Indians, learning their ways of life, their culture and their religion. It is said that no other painter knew more about the Native American than Deming.

The painter won a medal at the St. Louis Universal Exposition in 1904 and between 1905 and 1910 he made small bronze studies. Deming also exhibited at the National Academy of Design (1890-95), at the Pennsylvania Academy (1895, 1905, 1911), at the Corcoran biennial (1908) and at the Art Institute of Chicago (1916). When the United States entered World War I, Deming, though then 57, volunteered and was commissioned as a captain. He was active in camouflage work and painted targets. After his return he lived and worked in New York City until his death on 15 October 1942.

A perfect addition to your Western home decor or a great addition to any bronze art collection.


The bronze measures 14.125" tall (15" with base) by 7.625" deep by 4.875" wide and weighs 14lb 11oz.


This bronze sculpture is in good condition considering age and use - please see all pictures as they form part of the condition description.


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