Friday, July 5, 2013

Eagles and Prey

Eagles and Prey by Christophe Fratin, Central Park, New York
“Eagles and Prey” by Christophe Fratin, 1850
Central Park
New York, September 2008

Eagles and Prey illustrates the animaliers’ interest in the elemental forces of nature: a helpless goat is caught in the talons of two birds of prey. The work’s rich surface texture and anatomical detail are typical of Fratin’s style. Introduced into Central Park just a year after the park’s Board of Commissioners committee formed to review new statuary, Eagles and Prey was considered by some to be an intrusion. Critic Clarence Cook felt that Fratin’s choice of subject and ‘wild, exotic depictions’ did not fit in with ‘the tranquil rural beauty of the park scenery.’ Eagles and Prey, however, outlasted such initially squeamish sentiments. The sculpture, cleaned and repaired by the Central Park Conservancy in 1992, remains an integral member of the group of 19th and early 20th century statues in and around the Mall.”
(Eagles and Prey, Central Park Conservacy)

1 comment:

cieldequimper said...

People tend to forget the violence of Nature. They love eagles but feel squeamish for the poor, helpless goat...