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Louis Mayer, A. Lincoln Bronze Bust

Mayer’s Thoughtful and Emotionally Engaging Lincoln Bust


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Louis Mayer, bust sculpture of Abraham Lincoln. Mayer’s well-known Lincoln bust, head tilted down, is both soulful and evocative.

Louis Mayer was a first-generation, Wisconsin-born artist. This Lincoln bust is one of his best known works. Another popular subject of his was Albert Schweitzer. Mayer’s son, Chester, also a sculptor, is known for his rendering of John F. Kennedy.

“…In Milwaukee, Louis was to be one of the most influential artists in the community. He was perhaps the primary reason for the founding of the Society of Milwaukee Artists in the year 1900, which was to be renamed Wisconsin Painters & Sculptors in 1913. He was also a prime mover in the purchase of a building that was to become the Milwaukee Art Society’s gallery in the 400 block of Milwaukee’s Jefferson Street. He was a writer and art historian. His awards included a Silver Medal for oil paintings at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, though he was to become nationally known as a sculptor. ”
–From the Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Awards Biography

“A. Lincoln,” incised in cursive script, is below the figure. The side features Mayer’s incised signature, and a copyright symbol with the year 1916.

Red Copper patina, Fine.

Mayer, Louis ( (1869 – 1969; Portrait artist, illustrator, sculptor).  A. Lincoln.  Bronze, produced with the “lost wax” method.  Signed and dated 1916.  13″ high including  base x 7” wide, sight.