Edward Kemeys (January 31, 1843 – May 11, 1907) was an American sculptor. He is best known for his sculptures of animals, particularly the two bronze lions that mark the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago Building in Chicago Illinois.
Kemeys was born on January 31, 1843 in Savannah, Georgia. He studied in New York City and then Paris. In Paris, he was impressed by the style of Antoine-Louis Barye, although in no sense an imitator. He made a specialty of the wild animals of the American continent. His “Fight between Buffalo and Wolves” attracted much attention at the Paris salon in 1878. Among his other important works are “Panther and Deer,” and “Coyote and Raven.” A colossal head of a buffalo for the facade of the station of the Pacific railroad at St. Louis, Missouri, which was cast in bronze in New York in August, 1887, was the largest work of its kind that had been done in the United States. Another bronze statue of a panther named "Still Hunt," is permanently situated on a rock flanking the East Drive of New York City's Central Park.
Hudson Bay Wolves, 1873, in Philadelphia Zoo.
Panther and Cubs, c. 1878, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Prayer for Rain, c. 1899, in West Side Park, Champaign, Illinois.
- "Edward Kemeys Dead". The New York Times. May 12, 1907.
- Edward Kemeys Biography, National Museum of Wildlife Art, retrieved August 26, 2011.
- Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1892). "Kemeys, Edward". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
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