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American sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
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volumes < 1 > : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
v. 1. A catalogue of works by artists born before 1865 -- v. 2. A catalogue of works by artists born between 1865 and 1885.
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NB210 .M48 1999 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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This publication, the first of two volumes, presents a definitive new catalogue of the Metropolitan Museum's distinguished collection of American sculpture. The Museum's holdings accurately document the history of American sculpture and its development as a profession, from the artists who lived in Italy and carved in marble and those who studied in Paris and cast in bronze, to those who worked only in the U.S. and were pioneers in the techniques of their arts. It begins with an introduction to the history of the collection, and includes a summary biography of each of the 61 sculptors. The entries for each of the 198 objects incorporate the most up-to-date scholarship as well as documentation from the archival material at the Museum. Contains 227 illustrations, 29 of which are in color.

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Choice Review

This superb critical collection catalog is the first of two to appear documenting the magnificent American sculpture collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are wonderful photographs by Jerry L. Thompson; current scholarship, which utilizes much MMA archival material; excellent writing and individual entries on 198 works by some 61 sculptors born before 1865 by Lauretta Dimmick, Donna J. Hassler, and Thayer Tolles; and Tolles's most welcome "History of the Metropolitan Museum's American Sculpture Collection." The collection was formed from the Museum's beginning in the mid-1870s, and had the advantage of being developed by a sculptor of the caliber of John Quincy Adams Ward. Daniel Chester French, primarily responsible for building the Museum's collection during the first three decades of the last century, followed him. The catalog is arranged chronologically by sculptors' birth date, beginning with Horatio Greenough in 1805 and ending with Charles Marion Russell in 1864. In between are the well- and the lesser-known, such as Hiram Powers, Shobal Clevenger, Thomas Crawford, William Rimmer, Erastus Dow Palmer, William Wetmore Story, Randolph Rogers, Leonard Wells Volk, Ward, Olin Warner, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, French, Frederick Remington, George Grey Barnard, and Frederick William MacMonnies. Index of artists and titles; accession concordance; catalog numbers. Recommended for all collections of American art. All levels. J. Weidman; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art