Dead Blogging ‘Daniel Chester French’ at Boston Athenaeum

Well the Missus and I trundled downtown to the Boston Athenaeum yesterday to catch Daniel Chester French: The Female Form Revealed and, say, it was swell.

From the website:

Daniel Chester French: The Female Form Revealed

October 07, 2016—February 19, 2017

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For nearly half a century, from the late 1870s to the late 1920s, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) was America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments. His outdoor masterpieces can be seen in the cosmopolitan centers of New York, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, and Washington, DC, as well as in smaller American towns such as Concord, Massachusetts, Saratoga Springs, New York, and Lincoln, Nebraska. French’s projects adorn civic spaces including New York’s Central Park, Boston’s Public Garden, and Washington’s Dupont Circle; are focal points on college and university campuses at Harvard, Columbia, Bowdoin, and Gallaudet; enhance the facades of grand Beaux-Arts structures such as the United States Custom House in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Boston Public Library; and are focal points in some of this country’s great historic cemeteries such as Woodlawn in New York, Graceland in Chicago, and Forest Hills in Boston.

You’ll find more images and a great schedule of gallery talks here.

Daniel Chester French was truly a monumental artist. The exhibit itself might be modest, as is customary with the Athenaeum, but it’s well worth the trip.

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