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Charles Cary Rumsey: Beaux-Arts Animalier

On View Friday, May 26–Wednesday, November 15, 2006

When Buffalo-born sculptor Charles Cary Rumsey studied in Paris, he came under the influence of French animaliers, who created bronze animal sculptures in the Beaux-Arts style that adorn the city. Among the French masters were Antoine Louis Bayre and Emmanuel Fremiét, one of his teachers. Inspired by their work as well as his own knowledge and admiration of animals – enhanced by years of riding horses and playing polo – Rumsey created his own bronze sculpture of animals and equestrian figures. The Burchfield Penney Art Center owns the most comprehensive collection of Rumsey’s sculpture and bronze casts of his studies. This selection surveyed a range of his subjects.