Spirit of the Waters
Daniel Chester French American
Many of French’s public monuments feature allegorical females representing such abstract concepts as life, death, and victory. In 1913 he was commissioned to create a memorial fountain to financier Spencer Trask (1844–1909) for Congress Park in Saratoga Springs, New York. In this small preliminary sketch, the partially draped winged figure serenely symbolizes the fluidity of water. For the final result, French raised the figure’s arms over her head, producing a more buoyant and joyful interpretation titled The Spirit of Life.
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