Terra Cotta Abraham Lincoln Bust By Davidson 1943
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Painted terra-cotta bust of Abraham Lincoln. Signed in sculpture and dated 1943. Measures approx. 10"H. This work in bronze is in the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center. Born 18 years after Abraham Lincoln's death, Davidson was an American sculptor best known for his portrait busts (the National Portrait Gallery alone has 60 of his works). His subjects included many famous 20th-century personalities such as General Pershing, Will Rogers, Gertrude Stein, and President Wilson. The son of Russian parents, Jo Davidson was born in 1883 in New York City's Lower East Side. He was an exhibitor in the revolutionary 1913 Armory Show that introduced modern art to America, but became essentially an academic portrait sculptor in marble, bronze and terra-cotta. Davidson apparently did not have his subjects pose, as such; rather it is said that he was an outgoing personality who preferred to observe and speak with them, getting to know them as people. Leaving Yale in 1903, Davidson again studied at the League, this time with Herman Atkins MacNeil. In 1907, he attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France, exhibiting at the Salon d'Automne. Estimated value $500-$1000. Winning bidder pays shipping. Don't forget to check out my other antiques and collectibles that I have listed on ebay this week!