Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Soul of the Sunflower
  • Elihu Vedder, artist
    born: New York, New York, United States ; died: Rome, Italy
    Chelsea Tile Works, manufacturer
  • Soul of the Sunflower, 1882
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cast iron
  • Object Height/Width: 76.7 x 90.2 cm
    Object Height/Width: 30 3/16 x 35 1/2 in
  • In honor of Henry & Marjorie Wildgen, gift of their sons
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, S2
  • 1981.0105
Label Text

Cast iron triptych mounted in wooden frame, which divides the three panels. Woman's head with snake-like hair in center panel with flowers in lower left and lower right. Hair becomes rays of the sun in the left and right panels. There are flowers strewn amongst the rays.