Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French

Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French

by Harold Holzer


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The artist who created the statue for the Lincoln Memorial, John Harvard in Harvard Yard, and The Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts, Daniel Chester French (1850–1931) is America's best-known sculptor of public monuments Monument Man is the first comprehensive biography of this fascinating figure and his illustrious career. Full of rich detail and beautiful archival photographs, Monument Man is a nuanced study of a preeminent artist whose evolution ran parallel to, and deeply influenced, the development of American sculpture, iconography, and historical memory. Monument Man was specially commissioned by Chesterwood / National Trust for Historic Preservation. The release will coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Chesterwood, his country home and studio, as a public site and with a major renovation of the Lincoln Memorial. The book includes a comprehensive geographical guide to French's public work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616897536
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 73,360
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Harold Holzer, winner of the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, is a Lincoln scholar and the author of numerous books on Civil War–era art and history. He currently serves as the director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, City University of New York. In 2008 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Prologue: In This Temple 13

1 The Making of a Sculptor 23

2 The Minute Man 41

3 At Home Abroad 59

4 The Rage of Concord 77

5 Labor Sustaining Art 97

6 The Hand of the Sculptor 117

7 The White City 139

8 Memorial Maker 161

9 A New Century 185

10 High Water Mark 207

11 The Genius of Creation 233

12 Lincoln Enthroned 261

13 The Monumental Man of Stockbridge 291

Epilogue: "The Hallowed Spot" 313

Geographical List of Public Works 320

Notes 324

Credits 360

Index 362

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