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Sketch for "Lion and Monkey"

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Title

Sketch for "Lion and Monkey"

Subject

Apes in art
Drawing, American--20th century.
Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998

Description

Pencil on steno pad paper
9" x 5.75"

Fredericks sculpted The Lion and Monkey in 1957. He soon changed the sculpture to The Lion and Mouse, thinking it would be easier for children to sit or slide on the lion’s knee.

The Lion and Monkey does not remind us of Aesop’s (c. 620 - c. 560 B.C.E.) fable The Lion and Mouse, but rather tells a different story. The monkey is relaxed and at ease with his back arched and his tail resting on the lion’s leg; he might even be contemplating a nap. The lion too is relaxed, and lying on his back in a pose of submission. There is no danger here, only a glimpse at a moment of serenity, balance and harmony.

Creator

Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998

Source

Marshall M. Fredericks Papers
Series VIII, Cabinet 2 Drawer 3 Folder 7

Date

c. 1957

Rights

Use of this image requires permission from the Marshall M. Fredericks Archives.

Relation

VIII-02-03-07

Format

image/jpeg

Language

eng

Type

Pencil drawing

Identifier

VIII.1998.001.503

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Original Format

Pencil drawing

Physical Dimensions

9" x 5.75"

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