Thursday, February 12, 2009
Hat Tip to Daniel Chester French
Making the awkward gangling figure of Abraham Lincoln into something as grand as the Olympian Zeus was no small accomplishment. So how is this different from colossi of the deified Stalin? Lincoln had been dead for 40 years when this was made (unlike Stalin). And French was arguably a much better and more nuanced sculptor than any of those frightened hacks cranked out by the Surikov and Repin Academies under the reign of Our Great Comrade.
Below is a favorite of mine, the Milmore Memorial, made by French to commemorate a colleague who died young. What a great Victorian Death figure! right down to the poppies, the slightly out-of-focus carving of her face, and the heavy drapery.
Posted by Counterlight at Thursday, February 12, 2009