Lynx and Her Young

Jussi Mantynen
1935, Black Granite

Born in Helsinki, Finland, Jussi Mäntynen (1886-1978) was a professional taxidermist as well as an artist. He specialized in sculpting animals native to Finland and often studied them in the wild. Earlier in his career, his sculptures of animals were executed in a realistic manner, but later he became more abstract in his work. This abstraction can be seen here where the musculature of the cats is reduced to rounded curves and forms. Lynx and Her Young is also called Modersstolthet (Mother’s Pride) and was purchased by Eliel Saarinen for Cranbrook Foundation in 1938.