By Harold Holzer
The definitive biography of Daniel Chester French, the sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial, John Harvard in Harvard Yard, and The Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts.
Daniel Chester French (1850–1931) is America’s most well-known public monument sculptor. The definitive biography by Harold Holzer blends rich personal information from French’s life with a nuanced analysis of his creative evolution and stunning archival images of his life and work.
A fascinating life story for those interested in American art, sculpture, and history. Readers will be captivated by French’s life work and plot, which has been thoroughly researched and written in a vibrant, engaging style. His tenacity in honing his craft over decades of hard work is an inspiring tale of creative evolution.
Written by a renowned Abraham Lincoln scholar. Harold Holzer, the eminent author of several books on Civil War-era art and culture, focuses on the evolution of an influential American sculptor whose evolution paralleled and profoundly influenced the growth of American sculpture, iconography, and historical memory.
Includes a detailed geographical guide to over a hundred Daniel Chester French sculptures and monuments throughout the United States.
Chesterwood, Daniel Chester French’s home and studio, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation commissioned this work.
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