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Fritz Bultman started drawing in 1932 when the artist Morris Graves stayed in his family's mansion. Graves, a family friend, took the thirteen-year-old Bultman to Audubon Park in New Orleans, where together they sketched many kinds of birds for hours at a time. The fluid shapes and graceful movements of cranes, egrets, and pelicans continued to inspire Bultman until his death in 1985. Azores I evokes the silhouette of a flying bird, and the title may refer to the large Mediterranean shearwater, a bird that migrates to the Azores Islands during the winter.

Credit: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection

1959
Cast and welded bronze on concrete base
180.3 x 114.5 x 23.2 cm
1980.137.15
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2024

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