"Dreaming of Tomatoes" SS Life-size Standard Smooth Dachshund Bronze Sculpture by Sculptor Joy Beckner
Life-size Standard Smooth (SS) 16 1/2"L x 6"H x 11"D
Bronze Ed. 20 & 2 Artist's Proofs ©1995. Approx. 23 Pounds.
Award of Excellence, 39th Annual Members Exhibition and National Museum Tour, Society of Animal Artists.
Katherine Thayer Hobson Memorial Award, 50th Annual Sculpture Exhibition, The Pen & Brush, Inc., NYC.
Excalibur Bronze Sculpture Foundry Award, 101st Annual Open Competition, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, NYC.
Judge’s Award, 11th Annual International Exhibition of Animals in Art, Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Baton Rouge, LA..
Our twelve-year-old, standard, smooth dachshund, Anna von Pumpernickel Gesundheit, modeled for this, my second animal sculpture and the first to be cast in bronze. Anna's age and health inspired the piece. Anna was with me while I was putting up Christmas lights when I realized she was nowhere in sight! She had sneaked to the tomato bed where she was looking for ripe, summertime tomatœs! That's when Anna, in bronze, became “Dreaming of Tomatœs”. The clay was completed in December 1995. The first bronze was cast in February 1996. “Dreaming of Tomatœs” was accepted in the first national exhibition I entered, The Art Show at the Dog Show, 1996. Today, this piece is known as “Dreaming of Tomatoes” SS, for life-size Standard Smooth. Enjoy!
"Joy sculpts the image of a dog so well the viewer instantly relates to her enchanting, short-legged creatures." Art Revue Magazine, Summer 1997
Viewer remarks regarding the life-sized bronzes:
"It looks alive!"
"It should be warm."
"I can hardly keep my hands off."
"If I touch her, I think I'll wake her!"
"My Sarah barked at it until she sniffed it! "
Touching -- with rings removed -- allows an intimate knowledge of, and feeling for, my sculpture. Do it! Enjoy!
Each "Dreaming of Tomatoes" SS, was made by hand, one at a time, in the USA. Each is signed, numbered and includes my mark, Enjoy!