Artwork from the JSP Estate/Private Collection
Date of Work
Art & Design Study Collection: James Smith Pierce Collection
UND Art Collections Repository
August Gaul spent his career studying animals and depicting them in his work. During his time at the Academy in Berlin, he won an annual zoo pass, which provided him with ample subjects in which to study. The source of Gaul's adoration and commitment to animals in his work is not known, but his lifelong devotion to the subject matter led to much success in his art life.
Gaul was a leading German sculptor and expressionist, known for his sculptures and lithographs of animals. He was also a founding member of the Berlin Secession (a movement of opposition to the Berlin Academy).
Study of three baboons in a cage.
Included in Fables, Insults, and Reverence: The Animals of UND Art Collections Exhibition at the UND Art Collections Gallery in the Empire Arts Center
James Smith Pierce Collection