Bronze Crouching Mountain Lion by Veryl Goodnight
A modern Art Deco style patinated bronze sculpture of a crouching mountain lion stalking its prey with its tail up and just about ready to pounce, by Colorado based sculptor Veryl Goodnight. The work is signed Veryl Goodnight with 11/25 inscribed under the signature indicating that this was the 11th casting of a total of 25 made. (There appears to be a small repair to the tail).
Veryl Goodnight (born January 26, 1947) is a Colorado based sculptor. She is known for her equine sculpture – in particular a realistic depiction of horses, often in an American West context. She was inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2016.Goodnight is best known for her 1997 and 1998 statues The Day the Wall Came Down which measures 30 feet long by 18 feet wide by 12 feet high.
Veryl was born in Ashland, Ohio, on January 26, 1947, but her family moved to Lakewood, Colorado when she was only a few weeks old. As a young child living in the West, she fell in love with horses. Her parents could not afford to buy her one of her own, but Veryl continued to think and dream about horses. When she was very little she would sculpt horses out of snow. She received from her parents her first set of professional paints when she was in third grade, and soon her home was filled with equine drawings and paintings.
In 1965, Veryl had the opportunity for a scholarship to study art at the University of Colorado at Boulder, but declined because she did not wish to study abstract art, which was the predominant form being taught at that time. She attended business school in Denver instead. During her 20s she held a steady job as a secretary while she continued to study art in her spare time. Her mentors included artists James Disney, Ned Jacob, Ken Bunn, and Jon Zahourek. She learned painting, bronze sculpture, and horse anatomy and began making and selling sculptures for a living.
She is best known for her piece 1997 The Day the Wall Came Down, displayed at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas, The work is a tribute to the fall of the Berlin Wall. It features five horses jumping over the rubble of the Berlin Wall.
A second copy of the work was executed in 1998 and was commissioned as a gift from the United States of America to Germany. The statue is located at Clayallee near the Allied Museum in the former American sector of Berlin. Each sculpture weighs approximately seven tons and measures
Dimensions: 26″L (66cm) x 19″H (48cm) at its tail end and 10″H (25cm) at its head. Depth of wooden base supporting the sculpture 6″ (15cm)
Ref: RP ST1511