Carl Kauba (1865-1922) was an Austrian sculptor. His work is characterized in particular by
representations of Native Americans and animal figures.
The sculptor was born 1865 in Vienna, Austria and reached fame because of his stunning and
impressive figures of Indians as well as of humans. His realistic statues are great portrays of
his passionate interest in the life and the traditions of the culture as well as the art of the
Even he also made many other figures; his figures of the Native Americans belong to his
best known artwork. Especially the statues “Indian Chief on Horseback”, “Reclining Indian
Smoking a Pipe” and “War” should be mentioned in this context.
The sculptor was great in doing filigree details. He was a master of making very detailed
sculptures. Especially his detailed depictions of feathers, weapons or other artefacts made
his figures being very special.
He travelled to the United States of America in 1886 for doing some research as well as
some studying of the Native American lifestyle and their cultural life. But some critical
voices mentioned the fact that he never was in America. They said that Kauba was doing his
research at his studio in his home country Austria.
But the artist must have left his birthplace for a while for sure, because sources say that
started to export his sculptures in the year 1895 after he returned to Austria. Some of the
characteristics of a real original made by Kauba are the very filigree details as well as a pretty
much detailed surface of his bronze sculptures.
In 1922 Kauba died in Vienna.
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