Photo 3: Adams Memorial, 1891, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), Bronze (cast 1969).
Questions for Photo 3
1. Describe what you see. Is this figure male or female? What activity does the figure seem to be engaged in?
2. What feeling does this piece evoke in you? What idea or concept might this piece represent?
3. What is your opinion of the work?
4. What would you name this sculpture?
5. Viewers and critics never have been able to agree on the meaning of this work. Unlike many clients, Henry Adams gave Saint-Gaudens only general suggestions on how to design this memorial. Adams wanted a figure that reflected compassion, contemplation, and acceptance of the inevitable. Do you think Saint-Gaudens' figure succeeds in conveying those qualities?
6. After the statue's completion, Adams called it The Peace of God, but it also has become well known as Grief, a name attributed to it by Gilded Age author Mark Twain. Do you think either of these names is appropriate? Is one better than the other? How similar or different are their names for the memorial?
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