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    Germanic Sculptors

    I know this could go in the Miscellaneous Art forum, but why not put it here, since there seems to be a slump...

    Nína Sæmundsson (1892-1965)

    I had always believed she was responsible for a statue in front of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel called Spirit of Progress, but I can find no information on this.

    Can someone please dredge up some info on Nina for us?

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    Quote Originally Posted by White Iceland
    I had always believed she was responsible for a statue in front of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel called Spirit of Progress, but I can find no information on this.
    You are right, WI, that sculpture is her creation. I found a tiny article pertaining to this, yet no pictures of the sculpture. :redface:

    In 1931, a competition was held for a statue to be placed on the front of the New Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Of the 400 artists that entered their work, Nína Sæmundsson's sculpture, The Spirit of Achievement was selected among them all. It has been seventy years since her statue has graced the entrance of the hotel, for all to admire. On March 20, 2001, a bronze plaque was dedicated to her, and it hangs in the Park Avenue side entrance. Ríkey Ríkarðsdóttir, Nína´s cousin, was there to present it and gave a speech to commemorate the occasion. For those who have not yet had the chance to see the beautiful sculpture and the plaque, make sure that you visit the hotel next time you are in New York City.

    Here are a small selection of her sculptures I found, but I couldn't really find any info on her though... sorry.


    Here is her sculpture, Prometheus Bringing Fire to Earth (c.1934-5), which is in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, California. (poor photos)





    Mannsmynd (year?)



    Deyjandi Kleópatra (c.1925)



    Á Hverfanda Hveli (c.1936)



    Eiríksstaðir: Eríksson Monument (c. 1930, dedicated 2000)



    Konumynd (c.1940)

    "Nature! We are surrounded and embraced by her:
    powerless to separate ourselves from her, and powerless to penetrate beyond her.

    Without asking, or warning, she snatches us up into her circling dance, and whirls us on until we are tired, and drop from her arms." - Goethe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eyðimörk
    Eiríksstaðir: Eríksson Monument (c. 1930, dedicated 2000)


    I really like that one!! 1:
    Should the subduing talisman, the Cross, break, then will come roaring forth the wild madness of the old champions, that insane Berserker rage, of which the northern poets sing. That talisman is brittle, and the day will come when it will pitifully break. The old stone gods will rise from the long-forgotten ruin and rub the dust of a thousand years from their eyes; and Thor, leaping to life with his giant hammer, will crush the Gothic cathedrals!

    ---Heinrich Heine

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    Here's another of hers in a Vínland vein...



    Leif Erikson
    1936, Nina Saemundsson, Griffith Park, Los Angeles.

    Here is a great site listing viking Vínland personalities portrayed in sculptures around the world:

    http://leiferiksson.vanderkrogt.net/index.html

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    Here is a scan of the Spirit of Achievement from the cover of an album by Icelandic band Olympia...



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    May I further recommend Icelandic sculptor Einar Jónsson...

    http://www.skulptur.is/index.e.html






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    Germanic Sculptors and Sculptures

    Germanic sculptors

    Who are your favorites? I believe we should also add some information and examples of their works.

    August Leimbach (February 12, 1882 - December 18, 1965) was a German-American sculptor. A native of Germany, he studied art and sculpture, and after immigrating to the United States in 1910 he worked passionately as an architectural sculptor. He eventually settled in the St.Louis area.

    August Leimbach is best remembered for his work with Arlene B. Nichols Moss and the Daughters of the American Revolution in the creation of the Madonna of the Trail monument in 1927. Twelve monuments were cast and placed in twelve designated cities across the United States, marking the National Old Trails Highway from Bethesda, Maryland to Upland, California. The sculpture itself are representative of the strength, courage, and role of the pioneer woman in establishing the early western territories. Each monument were dedicated in their respective state in 1928 and 1929.

    Leimbach died at age 83 and is buried next to his wife Frieda in Michelstadt, Germany.



    Madonna of the Trail, Lamar, Colorado


    Ernst Barlach (January 2, 1870 – October 24, 1938) was a German expressionist sculptor, printmaker and writer. Although he was a supporter of the war in the years leading to World War I, his participation in the war made him change his position, and he is mostly known for his sculptures protesting against the war. This created many conflicts during the rise of the Nazi Party, when most of his works were confiscated as degenerate art.



    The Magdeburger Ehrenmal, which created a large controversy about Barlach's anti-war position.


    Kaspar von Zumbusch (November 23, 1830 - September 27, 1915) was a German sculptor, born at Herzebrock, Westphalia. He studied in Munich and in Rome under Halbig. He won the competition for a monument to Maximilian II of Bavaria (unveiled 1875) and in 1873 was called to Vienna as professor in the academy. His most important works are a statue of Count Rumford, Munich; and the monuments to Prince August of Prussia (Bellevue Park, Berlin), Beethoven (1880, Vienna), Maria Theresa (1889, Vienna), and to Emperor William I (1896, Wittekindsberg, Westphalia). He also modeled many funeral monuments, decorative works, and portrait busts, including one of Wagner.



    Statue of Maria Theresa in Vienna


    Christian Friedrich Tieck (14 August 1776 – 24 May 1851), often known only as Friedrich Tieck, was a German sculptor and a brother of Ludwig Tieck.

    Tieck was born in Berlin, where he also died. He was taught by Johann Gottfried Schadow.



    Tomb of General Gerhard von Scharnhorst


    Die Sonne scheint noch.

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    Josef Thorak

    Thorak was born on February 7, 1889 in Salzburg as son of a master potter. In his father's shop, Thorak learned ceramics and pottery. At the age of 23 years he studies at the Academy of Art in Vienna. In 1915 he finally goes to Berlin, in order to continue there his art studies. From 1918 on, Thorak earns his living as an independent sculptor. "Mainly works from wax were created by him at this time, because Thorak had no money to have them cast in bronze", discovered the Thorak biographer Joe F. Bodenstein. "A sculptor, who--in connection with the building architecture--wants to make monumental sculptures needs clients who can finance the bronze sculptures, as well as the equally expensive works in stone.

    Thorak found these clients at first in the public sphere. Ultimately, they were the monumental commissions in the NS times, which were awarded by Hitler's architect Albert Speer. Thorak created monuments for public buildings, autobahns and horses for the New Reich Chancellery. Yet already in 1928 he received a state prize of the Prussian Academy of Arts for his work.

    As Hitler came to power in 1933, Thorak stood, at the age of 44 years, "in the bloom of my manly strength". He is described by eyewitnesses as a down-to-earth, rustic and erotic man. It gave him pure joy, according to his own admission, to use up his strength on the stone.

    Yet the budding optimism created by the allocations from Speer was temporarily damped down. In 1935 Thorak came up against opposition in Berlin. The jury for the artistic composition of the Reich Sport Field at the Olympia Stadium refuses to take into consideration the works of the Austrian. Only on the notice from the NSDAP, that Hitler valued the works of the sculptor, was the attitude changed.

    After that, Thorak rise was assured with numerous commissions. He made a name for himself also internationally. He created reliefs for the Kemal Atatürk Monument in Ankara, where the "father of modern Turkey" has his mausoleum.

    To the portrait busts which Thorak created belong portraits of Friedrich Nietzsche, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini. He immortalized the actor Otto Gebühr, the art historian Knight Julius Alwin von Schlosser, and Paracelsus. A Paracelsus Monument by Thorak stands still today in Salzburg.

    http://www.meaus.com/josef-thorakenglish.htm










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    Johannes Schilling and Karl Weisbach - The Niederwalddenkmal



    Ernst Friedrich August Rietschel - Memorial Goethe and Schiller in Weimar



    Reinhold Begas - Bismarck-Nationaldenkmal



    Nikolaus Geiger - Barbarossa


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    German-American Artists

    Here are a few German-American sculptors.

    Richard W. Bock (1865-1949) was an American sculptor and associate of Frank Lloyd Wright.

    He was particularly known for his sculptural decorations for architecture and military memorials, along with the work he conducted alongside Wright.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Bock



    August Leimbach (February 12, 1882 - December 18, 1965) was a German-American sculptor. A native of Germany, he studied art and sculpture, and after immigrating to the United States in 1910 he worked passionately as an architectural sculptor. He eventually settled in the St.Louis area.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_Leimbach

    Madonna of the Trail, Lamar, Colorado



    This sculpture is near the intersection of 4th and Marble in Albuquerque. It is one of a series of identical monuments placed in the 12 states through which the National Old Trails Highway passed. The monuments were intended to memorialize the contributions of pioneer women in settling the American West. The speaker at the 1928 dedication of the Albuquerque sculpture was Harry S. Truman, who at the time was a county court judge in Missouri. All the monuments were sculpted by August Leimbach. For decades, Albuquerque's Madonna of the Trail was ensconced in a pretty neighborhood park; unfortunately the park was destroyed to make way for a government building, an architectural monstrosity of which Albert Speer would have been proud. The sculpture is sadly diminished by such surroundings.

    Monument inscription: "To the pioneer mother of America, through whose courage and sacrifice the desert has blossomed, the camp became a home, the blazed trail a thoroughfare."

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