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Live Lecture: Daniel Chester French—Consummate Idealist 

:: Posted by Nicholas Provenzo at 8:53 AM

The GMU Objectivist Club is hosting Lee Sandstead on campus tonight; here's a crosspost of the event details:

What: A Live Lecture by Art Historian Lee Sandstead

When: Wednesday, March 21st, 7:30 PM

Where: GMU Fairfax Campus, Johnson Center 3rd Floor, Meeting Room A [Campus Map]

With the dedication in 1922 of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., the United States saw its last great monument rooted in the Renaissance. It was at this time that the world was turning away from the artistic principles of the previous 600 years for the new esthetic of Modernism. This makes sculptor Daniel Chester French doubly fascinating to study; not only does his genius place him on par with the great Renaissance sculptors as seen in the Seated Lincoln of the Lincoln Memorial, but as the world was transitioning to a new era of art—French held fast to his artistic principles.

While French was a house-hold name in his own day, particularly from works such as the Minute Man (1875) and Death and the Sculptor (1893), today little is known of him. He is not studied in academia and books have not been written about him. This is particularly striking as his artistic hand can literally be seen in almost every major American city.

For the past eight years, Professor Sandstead has travelled from coast to coast locating, documenting and photographing the works of this forgotten master. While he has learned a great deal, there is one fact that stands above the rest. That from historic city center, to forgotten cemetery to distant university chapel--French was at all times a consummate idealist.
Attend this stirring, illustrated lecture and survey the many works of Daniel Chester French. With themes of love, beauty and heroism, see for yourself why French is a consummate idealist.

About Lee Sandstead

Professor Sandstead specializes in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Academic art of France, America, Spain, Italy, England and Canada. His lectures on art history and art appreciation have been heard nationally and internationally at over 30 universities and institutions, such as: Harvard, New York University, Yale, and Duke. His art-historical photography has been published in numerous books and publications, including: The New York Times, Fortune, Ms., Preservation Magazine, Style 1900, The New York Post, and American Cemetery Magazine.

When he documented the art and stained glass in the interiors of 1,300 mausoleums at Woodlawn Cemetery in NYC, he has literally traveled where no other art-historian has ever been.

He has studied art history at the University of Memphis’ graduate program, and most recently, the art history doctoral program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was a Visiting Scholar of Art History at Montclair State University from 2001-2006. Today, he serves as Chair of the Department of Art History and Fine Arts at Founders College in South Boston, Virginia.

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