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Augustus Saint-Gaudens: American Sculptor of the Gilded Age

Duffy, Henry J.; Dryfhout, John H.

Verlag: Trust for Museum Exhibitions, 2003
ISBN 10: 1882507126 / ISBN 13: 9781882507122
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Verlag: Trust for Museum Exhibitions

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Inhaltsangabe: The sculpture of Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), called the "American Michelangelo," has often been compared to the magnificent works of the Renaissance. As an advocate of new ideas and a new approach to sculpture, Saint-Gaudens played a preeminent role in developing America's cultural life and revitalizing the art of sculpture in the modern age. Sculpture came into its own in the United States after the Civil War (1861-65), when numerous monuments were commissioned to commemorate the national crisis and subsequent unification. In addition, the amassing of private fortunes during the country's unprecedented economic and financial growth led to an interest in sculpture for personal collections. Saint-Gaudens contributed works of both types. His Shaw Memorial (1897), commemorating the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Regiment, the first U.S. Army unit of African Americans, and his Lincoln Monument (1887) are among the most moving of the nation's Civil War monuments, while his Adams Memorial (1891) is one of the most evocative of his privately commissioned works. His works also included interior decoration for some of the great houses of the Gilded Age, portrait reliefs, and medals and U.S. coinage. The son of immigrants, Saint-Gaudens studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in France and spent eight years in Europe, where he found a freer and bolder form of artistic expression. On his return to the United States in 1875, he used his European training to create a new American style incorporating simplicity of subject, realism of form, and strength of emotion. His legacy, as both artist and educator, is nothing less than the shaping of American culture.

Über den Autor: Henry J. Duffy is curator of the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire. John H. Dryfhout is superintendent of the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

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