American Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Hardcover)
Volume I: A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born before 1865 (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 9780300085174, 480pp.
Publication Date: September 10, 2000
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The museum’s holdings—and the book—accurately document the history of American sculpture and its development as a profession. They range from work by artists who lived in Italy and carved 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. The artworks represent high points in the careers of such renowned sculptors as Hiram Powers, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Gaston Lachaise, and Paul Manship. Included 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. An essay by Thayer Tolles discusses the history of the Metropolitan Museum’s American sculpture collection, and there are detailed entries on all works.