Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Art Blogging: Lee Lawrie

Lee Lawrie (1877-1963) was a German-American Art Deco architectural sculptor. He migrated to Chicago and worked during his youth in the many architectural wonders erected there in preparation for the 1893 World Columbian Exposition. He trained under and impressed many sculptors who travelled to Chicago, such as Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Philip Martiny, leading to many commissions across the United States.

This is Atlas, a 45-ft tall work in bronze standing in Rockefeller Center in New York City. It was created in 1936 as a companion to Manship's Prometheus. In a reversal of the actual Greek myth, the modern Atlas confidently holds up the wonders of science and technology. Such as the optimism of Art Deco, even in the midst of the Great Depression.

This is Courage, part of a tryptic of carved stone panels along with Patriotism and Wisdom, ironically located above the US Senate chambers.

2 comments: said...

Lee Lawrie was my grandfather.

John said...