20 February 2019
Join us when Harold Holzer returns to A House Divided. We’re live on the Author’s Voice Facebook page and at AuthorsVoice.net, March 21 at 3:30pm (C).
Holzer and Daniel Weinberg will talk about Holzer’s latest book, Monument Man: The Life & Art of Daniel Chester French. This is the very first biography of Daniel Chester French. This is a fulsome study of an artist whose life work both echoed and influenced the charging aesthetic of his era.
About The Book…
One of America’s most prolific sculptors of public monuments, Daniel Chester French created more than a hundred public works, including The Minuteman, Harvard University’s John Harvard, Columbia University’s Alma Mater, and most famously, the statue of Abraham Lincoln for the awe-inspiring Lincoln Memorial.
Born in 1850 and raised in Concord, Massachusetts, in the tumult of the Civil War, French’s meteoric ascent as an artist led him to cross paths with some of the most fascinating characters of his time, such as Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Auguste Rodin, and Theodore Roosevelt.
In addition to his work as an artist, French was a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1903 until his death in 1931 and was a key figure in the acquisition of the museum’s extensive collection of American sculpture.
Monument Man is the first definitive biography of Daniel Chester French, giving readers a captivating and extensively researched view into his world. The book also includes a comprehensive geographical guide to French’s public work.
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.
About Harold Holzer…
Harold Holzer is a Lincoln scholar and prize-winning author of numerous books on Civil War-era art and history, including Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion and Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America.
Holzer appears frequently on radio and television, most recently on C-SPAN and CNN and in Lincoln and Civil War documentaries for the BBC, PBS, and the History Channel.
Formerly the senior vice president for public affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and Foundation, he currently serves as the director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, City University of New York.
In 2008 Holzer was awarded the National Humanities Medal.
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