The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 3, 2024



(American, b. 1949)
Overall: 231.1 x 299.7 x 76.2 cm (91 x 118 x 30 in.)
© Deborah Butterfield / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Location: WL West Lawn

Did You Know?

Interested in horses from a young age, Butterfield initially felt conflicted about whether to pursue art or veterinary medicine while studying at the University of California, Davis.


To create her life-size horses, American sculptor Deborah Butterfield casts found pieces of wood into bronze, a process that translates the wood’s porous texture into metal. The artist then builds the structure of her sculptures, using her extensive knowledge of the animals to achieve their lifelike postures. Butterfield accomplishes this effect through the placement of the necks and heads of her horses, which she does last. In Belt, the abstract animal is integrated with the surrounding landscape to evoke the artist’s expansive Montana ranch where she has lived, worked, and kept horses for over 30 years.
  • 2007
    Cast at Walla Walla Foundry, Walla Walla, WA, consigned to Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Inc., Chicago, IL
    (Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Inc., Chicago, IL, sold to Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley)
    Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley, Cleveland, OH, gifted to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Gordon, Robert. Deborah Butterfield. New York: Abrams, 2010. Reproduced: pp. 182-183, cover
    Czajkowski, Alexandra. “Exploring the Fine Arts Garden.” Cleveland Art: Cleveland Museum of Art Members Magazine 61, no. 3 (Summer 2021): 38-39. Reproduced and Mentioned: P. 38.
  • Impressionism to Modernism: The Keithley Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 11, 2022-January 8, 2023).
  • {{cite web|title=Belt|url=false|author=Deborah Butterfield|year=2007|access-date=03 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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