Photo 4 depicts a model of one of French's statues on a railroad flatcar on the track that made it possible to move sculptures outside the studio. The model is of one of four sculptured groups, each about 10 feet high, which still stand in front of the former U. S. Custom House in New York City. This sculpture represents the continent of North America. Daniel Chester French was famous for his ability to use sculptures of human figures to personify abstract symbols and ideals.
Questions for Photo 3 and 4
1. How does the view in Photo 3 compare with the description of the workroom in Reading 2? What do you think might account for the differences?
2. All of the sculpture displayed in Photo 3, including the small pieces on the shelf, are plaster casts. French also kept a number of bronze casts of his own work. Why do you think he did this?
3. Can you identify the doors leading outside in Photo 3? Why do you think it would be important to see sculptures like this out of doors?
4. The kind of monumental sculpture depicted in Photo 4 was very popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From your readings, can you suggest reasons why this might have been the case?
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