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The craftsman
Vol. VII, No. 5 (February 1905)

Memorable in the magazines,   pp. 621-625 PDF (1.5 MB)


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            MEMORABLE IN
Curse of Alsace-Lorraine, a group cast in
silver collected by a secret subscription in
the annexed provinces, and offered to Gam-
betta. Later appeared the busts of Erck-
mann and Chatrian, and in 1873, the
monument to the victims of the defense of
Colmar. It was his sentiments of Al-
sacian and Frenchman during the revival
of the country, that gave him the idea of
his colossal statues which won for him a
unique reputation among the sculptors of
his time. He symbolises, with a new and
dignified simplicity, in the one, the defense
and the heroic passion of the Nation, and
in the other, its wit and destiny.
  After the war, Bartoldi sought diversion
in a journey to the United States. He
found there the name and influence of
France weakened, while that of Germany
was increasing, and he conceived the pro-
ject of the Statue of Liberty, which he be-
lieved would recall to the world that
France, in her history, had known how to
give unsolicited, and the confidence that
she had in her future.
  This statue became popular from the
time that its model was shown at the Ex-
position of 1878, and the government but
seconded public opinion when it decided
to have executed the colossal enlargement
of which Bartoldi dreamed, and to offer it
to the American Republic. The statue
was constructed of bronze sections, riveted
upon an armature of steel. On October
i8, 1886, the Liberty Lighting the World
was unveiled and now stands upon its lit-
tle island, dominating the vast Bay of New
York, severely draped, and with uplifted
hand supporting the torch which welcomes
the traveler from the Old World.
THE MAGAZINES
   The plaster model of the Lion, which
 has since been cast in bronze for the Place
 Denfert Rochereau, was also exhibited at
 the Exposition of 1878. In 188o Bartoldi
 finished, at Belfort, half way up the rock
 upon which rests the central part of the
 ruins, the gigantic figure of the Lion,
 half raised upon his stiffened fore legs,
 with bristling mane and open mouth, ready
 to spring.
   Bartoldi is also the author of the pedi-
 ment of the Museum of Rouen, of a Gri-
 beauval, of a Vauban, of the tomb of the
 Painter Junot (Cemetery of Montpar-
 nasse), of the mounment in memory of
 the aid received by Strasbourg from Swit-
 zerland in 1870, of the Sa6ne and its Trib-
 utaries (Lyons), etc., and recently of the
 monument to Sargent Hoff and of that to
 the aeronauts of the siege of Paris.
   But for the public, Bartoldi was always
 a sculptor of colossal statues. His last
 works were eclipsed by the Lion and
 the Liberty.
 MEMORABLE IN THE
 MAGAZINES
 OR          teachers, The Normal In-
        structor and  Teachers' World,
        published by F. A. Owen, Dans-
 ville, N. Y., is a constant aid. The Janu-
 ary number is rich in suggestions.
   Good Housekeeping begins the new
 year well. January opens with "Studies
 of Home Life Under Widely Varying
 Conditions." "Light Housekeeping," by
 Isabel Gordon Curtis, is witty from the
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