Here is Bela Lyon Pratt...
His words, his thoughts regarding his colleagues and competitors, his struggles with creative sculpture, his personally selected photographs, his reflections on family and work life in Paris France, Boston MA and Salem CT, and a complete listing of all of his works.
You will find a treasure trove of information regarding the times of a man who
achieved artistic notoriety and most of whose monumental, ideal, and numismatic
works remain intact in bronze or marble, more than 100 years later. They are
testaments to an artistic period where sculpture shifted from the European influenced
"Gilded Age" to being truly American. This period spans 1887 until
his early death in 1917. During his time, he created over 180 sculptural works
of art, most of which are still only vaguely connected to the man who created
As Head of the sculpture department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts,
Boston from 1898-1917, Pratt taught a generation of sculptors. He served on many
Art Commissions, exhibited his works in the Paris Salons and across the US. He
received major medals, was a vital member of numerous societies, leagues and
clubs, yet still had time to play, correspond, sculpt for pleasure, and maintain
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