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The Life and Works of Augustus Saint Gaudens Paperback – May 15, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1590910542 ISBN-10: 1590910540

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  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Eastern National (May 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590910540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590910542
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Albin TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a well written and illustrated biography of the great American sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens. Wilkinson points out that biographical research on Saint Gaudens is limited by the fact that many of his personal papers have been lost, primarily through unfortunate accidents. Despite this obstacle, Wilkinson does very well in assembling a good narrative of Saint Gaudens' life and work. A good deal of the book is devoted to narrative of the creation of Saint Gaudens' major works. Like a number of his notable contemporaries, Saint Gaudens was a product of and a beneficiary of the Gilded Age. The enormous economic growth and urbanization of the USA in the post Civil War period provided considerable opportunities for American architects and sculptors. At the same time, the emergence of a fairly large and quite wealthy upper class generated patrons interested in supporting American artists. Saint Gaudens came from modest circumstances in New York City, manifested artistic skill at an early age, and was apprenticed to a cameo maker as a teenager. He and his family were subsequently able to scrape together the money for Saint Gaudens to attend the famous Beaux Arts School in Paris, the training ground for many talented Americans of his generation.

Wilkinson works through Saint Gaudens apparently complicated personal life, his career as an artist, and the creation of his major (and many minor) works. Considerable narrative is devoted to discussing the major works such as the Farragut Statue, the Shaw Memorial, the Adams Memorial, and others. Wilkinson is very good on discussing the antecedents of Saint Gaudens work and is a balanced critic. When he thinks that a piece is not first-rate, he says so and explains why.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By nakedlunchbox on August 2, 2001
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this gives a full treatment of st gauden's works. The critically acclaimed work was nominated for a pulitzer prize in 1986 and its apparent why
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