Public Art Then and Now …. Posted on May 6, 2014 by Kathleen Brady Clouds by Olaf Breuning Which do you prefer — the one on the left or below? Why? Gen. William T. Sherman by Augustus Saint Gaudens Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related
I prefer General Sherman, only because it is more pleasing to my eye, and because I have visited his grave here in St. Louis in Calvary Cemetery, where my family members are buried.
As one whose taste in art leans toward Norman Rockwell (and who isn’t ashamed to admit it) I have to confess a general dislike of abstract art over more traditional sculpture or painting. That side, I have to admit to being somewhat intrigued by the Cloud sculpture. It has a simplicity compared to the ornateness of Saint Gaudens’s statue of Sherman, although of course the ornateness served a purpose in the remembrance of the man. Someday I hope to find a copy of Saint Gaudens’s bust of Abraham Lincoln that won’t require me to give up a year’s worth of eating.
I prefer the general Sherman; I have a great appreciation for historical monuments