Grandeur in Stone
THE SOURCE: “Sculptors of the American Renaissance: Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French” by James F. Cooper, in American Arts Quarterly, Fall 2009.
The Civil War left both the North and the South bruised and battered, but the Industrial Revolution ensured that prosperity returned fairly quickly. Soon enough, the search was on for a culture appropriate to a rejuvenated America’s growing role on the world stage. Thus dawned the American Renaissance, a period when “art was at the heart of American civic life,” writes James F. Cooper, editor and publisher of American Arts Quarterly.
Augustus Saint- Gaudens and Daniel Chester French, arguably two of...