Masters of American Sculpture

Masters of American Sculpture

The Figurative Tradition From the American Renaissance to the Millennium

Book - 1993
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Baker & Taylor
Examines the perceptions and theories of American figurative sculpture

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Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Sculpture Society, this dazzling volume traces the history of American figurative sculpture from the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 to the present, encompassing a range that includes massive works such as Mount Rushmore as well as Augustus Saint-Gaudens's twenty-dollar gold piece. The text also explores such categories of figurative sculpture as equestrian monuments, tributes to war heroes, genre sculptures, portraiture, works by Native Americans, and medallic art (which is often excluded from traditional surveys). Finally, the author explores how, in the 20th century, abstract art has affected figurative sculpture and its impact on future trends in sculpture. Lavishly illustrated with 65 color and 225 b&w images. 10.5x12.25" Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the National Sculpture Society, this important history traces America's rich heritage of figurative sculpture from the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 to the present. It explores the full range of the subject, including massive works such as Mount Rushmore as well as Augustus Saint-Gaudens's exquisite twenty-dollar gold piece.
Illustrated with more than 275 outstanding examples of American figurative sculpture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Masters of American Sculpture begins with an analysis of the influence of Beaux-Arts tradition on the creation of the great public monuments of the United States. With this background, the book moves on to survey chronologically such important categories of sculpture as equestrian monuments, tributes to war heroes, and portraits.
In his wide-ranging text, the author, Donald Martin Reynolds, provides a comprehensive overview of the subject. He includes a section on medallic art, a category usually neglected in sculpture surveys, and also devotes a chapter to American Indians, both as widely favored subjects for sculpture and as sculptors themselves. Not neglecting genre, the author deals extensively with the large group of sculptors who concentrate on works portraying everyday people doing everyday things. Finally he surveys the figurative tradition in the twentieth century and speculates on future trends in sculpture.
The book is lavishly illustrated with 65 color and 225 black and white images and includes famous public monuments as well as lesser known works by such sculptors as Hiram Powers, John Quincy Adams Ward, Daniel Chester French, Karl Bitter, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Paul Manship, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Richard McDermott Miller, Walker Hancock, and Marcel Jovine. This is a splendid gift book for anyone interested in sculpture, architecture, and American history.

Publisher: New York : Abbeville Press, c1993
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781558592766
1558592768
Branch Call Number: 730.0973 REY Parry
Characteristics: 275 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm

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