From the Minute Man to Abraham Lincoln: The Sculpture of Daniel Chester French
Opening to the public on Friday, October 11, 2013 - March, 23, 2014
Daniel Chester French, America's foremost sculptor of public monuments, is best known today for his sculptures of the Concord Minute Man of 1775(1874) and the seated figure of Abraham Lincolnfor the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC (1911 - 22.)
In 1879, 76 year old Ralph Waldo Emerson sat for the young Dan French over thirty times - the final product is arguably the best overall portrait of the distinguished writer. Emerson himself wrote of the strongly modeled features;
"That is the face that I shave."
This exhibition is a collaboration between the Concord Museum and Chesterwood, owned and administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This is the first presentation of French's sculpture since 1976 and the first exhibition to examine the influence of Concord upon the artist's career.