This powerful bronze was designed by the world famous artist Carl Kauba (1865 – 1922).
Carl (Karl) Kauba was an Austrian sculptor of Western American bronzes, specializing in Indians. Born in Vienna, Austria, Kauba became a well-known early 20th century sculptor of Indian and other western figures.
Kauba was the pupil of Carl Waschmann and Stefan Schwartz in Austria. He traveled widely in the American West, sketching and modeling, about 1895. He returned to Vienna where his Western bronzes, mostly of Indians, but also of other figures of a vanishing way of life, were cast for the American market between 1895 and 1912.
This finely hand-painted bronze sculpture depicts a Native American warrior on horseback. The cold paint is actually quite unusual, showing a decent Malachite green, except for the warrior's skin which has a natural flesh color. The Amerindian is dressed in ornamented clothing and wears a headdress with long feathers. He is riding on his rearing up stallion and we see the warrior forcefully holding onto the reins. In his right hand we see a gun, which he has obviously pointed at an enemy.
Country Of Origin - Austria.
Solid cast bronze. Onyx base. Fine chase work and hand painting.
Artist's signature "C. Kauba" on the horse's belly.
Excellent condition with very few paint flakes. Some chips to the Onyx base. Paintwork is completely original.
Total height is 9.3 inches. Height of the bronze alone is 7 inches.
Reference: Davenports, Samuel's Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West
More about Carl Kauba:
Carl Kauba (Austrian 1865-1922), born the son of a shoemaker, chose to follow his calling into the world of art. Collectors now rank him in a class with Remington and Russell as one of the great portrayers of the American West. His subjects were typically American Indians, calvarymen, cowboys, and roughriders. His work has been fully appreciated on both sides of the Atlantic.
Kauba’s fascination with the West was fed by the German stories of Western adventures. It has been suggested that Kauba traveled to the American West when he was about 25 years old, possibly returning to Austria with voluminous notes, sketches, and several models of Western sculpture. However, the majority of scholars feel that Kauba actually never traveled to the United States at all, but instead relied upon the accounts of others and first hand artifacts to execute his bronzes. Kauba expressed a great affection for Indians of the American West. He loved ornament, and this detail is seen in the reins of his horses, Indian headdresses, weapons, and costumes. Without a doubt, his work exhibits a high level of artistic achievement.
(Thanks to Bronze Art)
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