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Whitney Western Art Museum

Makers: Butterfield, Deborah
Descriptions: bronze
Names: Sculpture
Subjects: horse
Date:1989
Dimensions:H: 34.5 in, width: 16 in, L: 48 in
Title:Berliner
Credit Line:Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Weiss
Gloss:Nearly everyone who sees Deborah Butterfield’s bronze sculpture, Berliner, could swear the abstract horse is comprised of wood. Actually, it is . . . sort of. A foundry makes molds of individual wooden sticks and casts them in bronze for Butterfield who bends, cuts, and welds the bronze sticks into an armature or skeleton for a horse sculpture. She adds more sticks to fill out the form, applies a patina to the surface, heats the bronze, and adds several coats of pigment and chemicals—all to make the finished bronze look like real wood. See for yourself in the Whitney Gallery of Western Art. CAPTION: Deborah Butterfield (b. 1949). Berliner, 1989. Bronze. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Weiss. 17.98
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Label No. 1
Deborah Butterfield (b. 1949) Berliner 1989, bronze Walla Walla Foundry Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Weiss 17.98 Butterfield has created sculptures of horses for more than twenty years. The artist’s inspiration comes from her own horses as well as found materials such as wood or discarded car parts. To make Berliner, she first constructed a model from pieces of wood and then had the model cast into bronze.


Accession Number:17.98
Makers
Butterfield, Deborah
Descriptions
bronze
Names
Sculpture
Subjects
horse
Date:
1989
Dimensions:
H: 34.5 in, width: 16 in, L: 48 in
Title:
Berliner
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Weiss
Gloss:
Nearly everyone who sees Deborah Butterfield’s bronze sculpture, Berliner, could swear the abstract horse is comprised of wood. Actually, it is . . . sort of. A foundry makes molds of individual wooden sticks and casts them in bronze for Butterfield who bends, cuts, and welds the bronze sticks into an armature or skeleton for a horse sculpture. She adds more sticks to fill out the form, applies a patina to the surface, heats the bronze, and adds several coats of pigment and chemicals—all to make the finished bronze look like real wood. See for yourself in the Whitney Gallery of Western Art. CAPTION: Deborah Butterfield (b. 1949). Berliner, 1989. Bronze. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Weiss. 17.98
Accession Number:
17.98

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