Sources from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

This Greek lion, carved from marble, was once a guardian of a cemetery. He is made more ferocious by his exaggerated features. The artist, in fact, had never seen a real lion. As a solution the artist used more familiar animals to create a believable anatomy. The vertebrae was taken from a goat, the ribs from a horse, and the hips from a cow.

This is a detail from a painting by Dutch artist, Rachel Ryuesch. Her still life compositions combine many different flowers that not only bloom in different seasons, but in different parts of the world. This unrealistic combination creates a beautiful, and idealistic contrast from nature.

This detail is from the small marble sculpture by Jean Baptiste Carpeaux, titled ‘crouching flora’. The influence from classic Greek sculptures of gods and goddesses creates a strong but playful figurative sculpture. It also acts as a personification of a natural element like flowers and other plant life.

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About Ariel Bowman

I grew up in Dallas, Texas where I learned to love nature, animals, and art. I graduated with a BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2011. I am currently working towards my MFA in ceramics at the University of Florida. This blog serves as a way for my friends and family, as well as anyone interested in my work, to view not only the finished pieces, but some of the process as well. You can subscribe to this blog to keep up to date on what I am currently working on in the studio, research, new sources, and exhibitions.
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