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Perspectives on American Sculpture Before 1925

Perspectives on American Sculpture Before 1925

Tolles, Thayer, ed., with contributions by William H. Gerdts, Melissa Dabakis, Joyce K. Schiller, Thomas P. Somma, Andrew J. Walker, Alexis L. Boylan, and Janis C. Conner
160 pages
120 illustrations
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The eight essays collected in this volume were originally papers presented at a symposium held at the Metropolitan Museum on October 26, 2001. The symposium was organized to celebrate the publication of American Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a two-volume catalogue of the Museum's holdings in American sculpture by artists born before 1885. The symposium participants included art historians, museum professionals, and independent scholars, who together comprised a cross section of current thematic interests and scholarly approaches to American sculpture. Although their essays are topically diverse, each takes as a starting point a sculpture or group of sculptures in the Metropolitan's collection. The first broadly surveys Neoclassical relief sculpture, while the other essays focus on works by individual artists, among them Harriet Hosner, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Hermon Atkins MacNeil, and Malvina Hoffman.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has long been a focal point for the study of American sculpture. In the Museum's earliest years, its core collection was formed under the stewardship of prominent sculptors John Quincy Adams Ward and Daniel Chester French, who served as trustees and oversaw the acquisition of notable Neoclassical marbles and Beaux-Arts bronzes. In the past three decades, a consistently judicious program of exhibitions, publications, and acquisitions has refined and strengthened an already comprehensive collection. This volume—the fourth in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Symposia series—is designed to encourage further inquiry and interest in American sculpture before 1925, this book proudly participates in the Museum's core mission to study, exhibit, and stimulate appreciation for and advanced knowledge of the diverse works of art in its unsurpassed collections.

Blind Homer Led by the Genius of Poetry, Edward Sheffield Bartholomew  American, Marble, American
Clasped Hands of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Harriet Goodhue Hosmer  American, Bronze, American
1853, cast after 1853
Daphne, Harriet Goodhue Hosmer  American, Marble, American
1853, carved 1854
General William Tecumseh Sherman, Augustus Saint-Gaudens  American, Bronze, American
1888, cast 1910
Victory, Augustus Saint-Gaudens  American, Bronze, gilt, American
1892–1903; this cast, 1914 or after (by 1916)
La Jeunesse, Herbert Adams  American, Applewood, marble, paste jewels, and twisted wire, American
ca. 1894; carved ca. 1899–1900
Bohemian Bear Tamer, Paul Wayland Bartlett  American, Bronze, American
1885–87, cast 1888
Seated Torso of a Woman, Paul Wayland Bartlett  American, Bronze, American
ca. 1895; cast ca. 1909
Standing Torso of a Woman, Paul Wayland Bartlett  American, Bronze, American
ca. 1894–95; cast ca. 1909
Girl Skating, Mary Abastenia St. Leger Eberle  American, Bronze
Enthroned, Bessie Potter Vonnoh  American, Bronze, American
1902, cast 1906
A Modern Crusader, Malvina Cornell Hoffman  American, Bronze
Paderewski the Artist, Malvina Cornell Hoffman  American, Bronze (marble base)
Bacchanale Russe, Malvina Cornell Hoffman  American, Bronze
Pavlova Gavotte, Malvina Cornell Hoffman  American, Wax
1914; cast 1918
Mask of Anna Pavlova, Malvina Cornell Hoffman  American, Wax, tinted

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Tolles, Thayer, and Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), eds. 2003. Perspectives on American Sculpture before 1925. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Symposia. New York : New Haven: Metropolitan Museum of Art ; Yale University Press.