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Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master Of American Sculpture

Airs Monday, August 16, 2010 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (with Amor Caritas in the background), Paris, 1898.

Bronze figure titled Abraham Lincoln: The Man, often called Standing Lincoln, in Lincoln Park, Chicago, by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The chair of state, behind, is decorated on the back with an American eagle.
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Above: Bronze figure titled Abraham Lincoln: The Man, often called Standing Lincoln, in Lincoln Park, Chicago, by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The chair of state, behind, is decorated on the back with an American eagle.

This feature documentary traces the life and work of American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) from his birth in Dublin, Ireland, to his work in New York City and Paris to his death in Cornish, New Hampshire. Trained in Paris and Rome,Saint-Gaudens is considered America's premier sculptor of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

During a career that spanned three decades, Saint-Gaudens created nearly 150 works of art, including a number of major public monuments to heroes of the Civil War.

The story of his personal life is woven around in-depth studies of five of his major works of art, including the contemplative Standing Lincoln in Lincoln Park, Chicago; the moving Shaw Memorial on Boston Common; the powerful Sherman Monument in Central Park; the serene Diana in the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the stirring Adams Memorial in Washington, DC.

Actor Victor Garber narrates. (Original Broadcast: December 2009)

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Video Excerpt: The Shaw Memorial

Above: "Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master Of American Sculpture" is a new PBS feature documentary film by Paul G. Sanderson III on the life and work of the great American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907). Trained in Paris and Rome, Saint-Gaudens is considered Americas premier sculptor of the 19th and early 20th centuries and created many of the public monuments honoring Civil War heroes in major cities throughout the United States. The story of his personal life is woven around in-depth studies of six of his major works of art including the intensely moving Shaw Memorial on Boston Common (which inspired the film "Glory"), which is featured in this excerpt.