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The Bronze Age, also known as The Vanquished
This work was modeled in 1876, and cast in bronze in 1906. The bronze is in the Met in New York. The Nasher Sculpture Center contains a plaster cast, which, actually, I prefer to the bronze in at the Met. I believe it has more depth, more life.
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917)
The realistic appearance represented such a departure from the conventions of academic sculpture of the time that Rodin was accused of casting from a live model.
Rodin preserved photographs of the human model on which the sculpture is based, a man named Auguste Neyt.
He is shown nude, his clenched right hand on his head and his left hand grasping a pole. It is immediately evident that the sculpture was not cast from the body of the man.
Critics of the period were also dismayed by the subject, for Rodin not only abandoned all of the elaborate repertory of symbols with which academic sculptors habitually equipped their works, but also had stripped the figure of the spear originally carried in his left hand, relying on the expressiveness of the figure itself to convey its meaning.
In addition, he changed the title from The Vanquished (Le Vaincu), possibly an allusion to the suffering and demoralization of his countrymen during the Franco-Prussian War, to the classical, but more ambiguous, The Age of Bronze (L’Âge d’Airain).
The Seine at Lavacourt 1880. Oil on canvas. One of two paintings submitted to the Salon in 1880.
Dallas pays tribute to the African American experience in multiple venues. Experience the three primary venues.
A part of the History of African Americans is found in Freedmen’s Memorial Park which commemorates a pre-Civil War burial ground in what was once the Freedmen’s Town Area, a small Dallas community formed by African-Americans freed from slavery in the mid-1860s.
Freedman’s Memorial commemorates the lives of more than 5,000 freed slaves who were buried in a once forgotten cemetery.
This historic and state landmark memorial features figures cast in bronze by artist David Newton.
David Newton, a classically trained sculptor in the European tradition, has dedicated his career to transforming ordinary African American people and forgotten historical moments into unforgettable, timeless monuments of beauty.
Newton’s superb memorial guarantees that these formerly lost souls will forever be remembered in the universally honored spirit of triumph over adversity. This is a sentiment that all of humanity admires, and because of the genius, talent, and wisdom of master sculptor, David Newton, this admiration shall continue for centuries to come.
“The Sentinel” at Freedman’s Memorial represents the dignity and magnificent humanity of the African-American slave.
Central Expressway which became Interstate Highway 35 North was originally plotted east Dallas in the mid 1930s.
Located in this area were four cemeteries, two Protestant, one Jewish, and one for African-American freed slaves.
Central Expressway was located over the African American cemetery without relocating the existing graves. The grave stones were in some instances used as fill for the expressway.
Upon the expansion of Central Expressway the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) located some of the original graves. The discovered remains were relocated. The Freedman’s Memorial was first considered in 1989 and dedicated ten years later n February of 1999. The Texas Department of Transportation, the City of Dallas and the African American community, particularly Black Dallas Remembered, a group that collects and disseminates historical information about the local Black community, and the Freedman’s Foundation, raised $2 million for the Memorial. Like most art project this, too, had controversy and dissension. However, the final project is moving and inspiring.
See also David Newton’s restoration of Tenor and Contralto at Fair Park.
Contralto and Tenor
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The moving and exquisite Freedman’s Memorial Park, is located in an area of Dallas County settled by former African American slaves shortly after the conclusion of the American Civil War.
Freedman’s Cemetery, a graveyard for African Americans, was established in 1869 on one acre of land. Construction of the Central Expressway through this graveyard in the 1930′s virtually eliminated all physical above-ground reminders of the cemetery.
Descendants of persons buried there and the City of Dallas agreed in 1965 to establish the Freedman’s Memorial Park and Cemetery at this site.
The artist, David Newton, creates a dramatic experience on many levels at The Freedman’s Memorial.
The artwork at Fair Park was restored by David Newton, the artist of the Freedmen Cemetery.
The African American Museum located on the grounds of Fair Park, was founded in 1974 as a part of the Special Collections at Bishop College, a Historically Black College that closed in 1988. The Museum has operated independently since 1979.
The African American Museum is the only one of its kind in the Southwestern Region devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials. It has one of the largest African American Folk Art collections in the United States.
Buffalo Soldiers – The Ninth and Tenth Calvary
The Buffalo Soldiers helped settle the west but for many years the contributions of these African-American soldiers were largely overlooked. Meet one man who is determined to teach this often forgotten chapter of history to today’s eager students.- DFW Tours! What to See in Dallas and Fort Worth --