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Event History :
- 2016 August Auction (sold $11,875)
Inscribed base of bronze: Solon Borglum © 1900 B. Zoppo. Foundry. N.Y.
Accompanying this lot is a copy of A. Mervyn Davies Solon H. Borglum: A Man Who Stands Alone, Pequot Press, Chester, Connecticut, 1974.
Thayer Tolles in The American West in Bronze 1850-1925, states that “Borglum’s Bulls Fighting resonates with the Old West versus the New West symbolism. He began modeling the sculpture in the summer of 1899 among the Sioux of the Crow Creek agency in South Dakota and completed in Paris, where he exhibited at the Salon of 1900. The low horizontality of this small bronze emphasizes the intensity of the clash between the wild Texas longhorn and the steers which yielded greater quantities of meat-a triumph of commercial breeding over natural selection.”
In 1904 at the World’s Fair in St. Louis, Bulls Fighting was among numerous smaller works on display.