AUGUSTUS SAINT-GAUDENS (1848-1907) designed the statue of Diana that once resided atop the old Madison Square Garden and which now stands in the sculpture courtyard of the Met. His General Sherman, resplendent in gold leaf a good portion of the time, occupies a hallowed corner of Central Park. Arguably the greatest sculptor of the nineteenth century and certainly the best to lovingly embrace his immigrant status as an American, this master of metal and clay, a designer of gold American currency, wanted to be known simply as Gus. Seeking some respite and relaxation from a withering work and social schedule in New York, Saint-Gaudens quickly acceded to his wife’s idea that the buying of an old inn and stable in Cornish, New Hampshire might be just the gambit for establishing a more capacious studio and making a homier home. Cornish, as well as its sister town across the Connecticut River, Winslow, Vermont, was a bohemian art colony well before SaintGauden’s arrival and it has remained so, more or less, to this day. Today, the Saint-Gaudens house, stables, and studio have been incorporated into a larger campus, the only national park in the United States devoted to the home and lifestyle of an artist. Within this park is a sculpture garden in which can be found replicas of the best of this master’s work as well as a museum devoted to his career.
Arnie McConnell will present a talk and host a discussion of the life’s work of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. He’ll also bring his own photos.
FEE: $25 Members/ $35 Non-Members.
BLC conference room,
Barrington Town Hall, Wednesday, October 2, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM