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biografía de Olin Levi WARNER (1844-1896)

Lugar de nacimiento: West Suffield, CT

Lugar de defunción: NYC

Direcciones: NYC (since 1872)

Profesión: Sculptor, medalist

Estudios: …cole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, with Jouffroy, 1869-72; studio asst. to Jean Baptiste Carpeaux

Exposiciones: NAD, 1873-91; Centennial Expos, 1876 (medallion portrait of Edwin Forrest); Brooklyn AA, 1877; Cottier's Gal., NYC, 1878-; PAFA Ann., 1879, 1894-95, 1898-99; Paris Salon, 1881; Boston AC, 1882, 1890; Columbian Expo, Chicago, 1893.

Asociaciones: Assoc. of Amer. Artists (founder, 1877/renamed the SAA in 1878)

Obra: MMA; CGA; door for LOC; statue of William Lloyd Garrison, Boston, MA

Comentarios: One of the earliest sculptors to bring the Beaux-Arts style back to America. In the late 1870s, Warner greatly popularized the bas-relief portrait, producing a number of refined medallion portraits, including one of the actor Edwin Forrest which brought Warner praise when shown at the Phila. Centennial. His friendship with the art dealer Daniel Cottier also helped bring him to public attention as Cottier allowed him to exhibit work at his gallery. Two of Warner's most admired pieces were a portrait bust of his artist friend Julian Alden Weir (1880, CGA) and his bronze figure of the goddess Diana" (1883, MMA). Warner received several prestigious commissions for monumental statues in the 1880s, including the full-length bronze of William Lloyd Garrison (Boston, MA). In 1889-91, Warner traveled though the Northwest, executing a series of portrait medallions of Native Americans. After this trip, he became busy with the World's Columbian Exposition, serving on the selection committee, designing the commemorative souvenir half-dollar, completing a statue and several portrait busts for the New York State Building, and exhibiting, among other works, his "Diana" and several of his Columbia River Indian medallions. When the exposition was over, Warner began work on a set of bronze doors for the Library of Congress. Unfortunately, he was killed in a bicycle accident having completed only one of the doors.

Fuentes: Baigell, Dictionary; Craven, Sculpture in America, 406-09; Two Hundred Years of American Sculpture, 318; P&H Samuels, 511-12; Fink, American Art at the Nineteenth-Century Paris Salons, 402; Falk, Exh. Record Series.

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