This publication, Volume 2 of American Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, presents nearly 200 works by 70 sculptors, including Paul Wayland Bartlett, Frances Grimes, Adolph Alexander Weinman, Bessie Potter Vonnoh, James Earle Fraser, Max Weber, Elie Nadelman, Jo Davidson, Jose de Creeft, Malvina Hoffman, Hugo Robus, and John Henry Bradley Storrs. A biography of each of the sculptors represented summarizes the artist's life, and catalogue entries discuss each of the objects treated in this volume in terms of its subject and creation, its place in the artist's oeuvre, other extant versions of the work, and its complete exhibition history after it entered the Metropolitans collection. The biographies and catalogue entries incorporate the very latest scholarship as well as the wealth of archival material at the Museum to present a brief but thorough and up-to-date documentation of each artist and work. Jerry L. Thompson photographed all the sculpture for illustration in the catalogue.
Volume 1, A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born before 1865, was published in 1999. Together the two volumes record the Metropolitan Museum's distinguished and comprehensive collection of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American sculpture, which is particularly strong in neoclassical and Beaux Arts works and is acclaimed for its preeminent group of lifesize statues in marble and bronze, a selection of which is on view in the Charles Engelhard Court. The Museum's holdings accurately document the history of American sculpture and its development as a profession, from the artists who lived in Italy and carved in marble and those who studied in Paris and cast in bronze, to those who worked only in the United States and were pioneers in the techniques of their art. There are premier examples of neoclassical ideal nudes, expressive genre statuettes, naturalistic representations of Native American subjects, studies for and reductions after monumental sculpture, dramatic depictions of animals, and many portraits in the preferred styles and materials of each period. And high points in the careers of such renowned sculptors as Hiram Powers, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Gaston Lachaise, and Paul Manship are represented.