- Apr 20, 2013
- East Texas
Thanks much for the information and link. I will check it out.Thanks for posting starting this thread, chellers! Contemporary artist Wendy Allen paints various subjects but has become best known for her many portraits of Lincoln, in a variety of distinctive styles. Her gallery, "Lincoln Into Art," is on Baltimore Street in Gettysburg. You can see some of her works here: http://www.LincolnIntoArt.com. Watch the slides on the gallery's home page for views of a book on Ms. Allen's Lincoln works (with foreword by Harold Holzer) and her photo with Steven Spielberg unveiling a new Lincoln portrait during ceremonies at the Gettysburg National Cemetery on Nov. 19, 2012.
Please post pictures of the Lincoln busts; we would love to see your work! Thanks!I wood carve and have done four Lincoln busts so far. #4 is on display at the Glema Mahr Art Center the rest of this month. If anyone is interested my work is on my facebook page. You can see the work progress from pretty rough on Young Lincoln, #1 and refining with each attempt. #5 is in the works. Enter: Ronald Johnston Madisonville Kentucky that should bring it up. I love Lincoln art in all it's forms. The most interesting man and face ever.
I do not use facebook so I can't access those pics. You are encouraged to post your pics here as members would enjoy seeing your work. Best of luck at Hodgensville.Silly me! I said enter Ronald Johnston Madisonville Ky to see my Lincoln Busts without mentioning, you do that after you go to facebook. I have quite a few pictures of my shop and projects on my page there. The first three busts are for sale on e-bay. Go to e-bay and type in Lincoln busts wood And they should be there. They are all pictured on a small shelf in my hallway with books behind them. I am putting the finsihing touches on bust #5 and I plan to enter it in the Lincoln art division at Hodgensville, Ky. The Lincoln Festival starts Sept. 29th and goes on to sunday October 5th. Hodgensville is a very pleasant town and I'm looking forward to visiting again.
Thanks for sharing this! I was unfamiliar with both the statue and the poem. The poem reminds me of this portrait of Lincoln by collage artist John Williams:View attachment 46084
Nine-foot bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln as it stands in front of the West Virginia State Capitol on a winter’s day. The original work was a 29-inch bronze statue crafted by sculptor Fred Martin Torrey in 1933 and displayed at the 1939 World’s Fair. Artist Bernard Wiepper casted the current larger-than-life statue in 1974. It is based on the 1914 poem “Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight” by Vachel Lindsay:
It is portentous, and a thing of state
That here at midnight, in our little town
A mourning figure walks, and will not rest,
Near the old court-house pacing up and down.
Or by his homestead, or in shadowed yards
He lingers where his children used to play,
Or through the market, on the well-worn stones
He stalks until the dawn-stars burn away.
A bronzed, lank man! His suit of ancient black,
A famous high top-hat and plain worn shawl
Make him the quaint great figure that men love,
The prairie-lawyer, master of us all.
He cannot sleep upon his hillside now.
He is among us: — as in times before!
And we who toss and lie awake for long
Breathe deep, and start, to see him pass the door.
His head is bowed. He thinks on men and kings.
Yea, when the sick world cries, how can he sleep?
Too many peasants fight, they know not why,
Too many homesteads in black terror weep.
The sins of all the war-lords burn his heart.
He sees the dreadnaughts scouring every main.
He carries on his shawl-wrapped shoulders now
The bitterness, the folly and the pain.
He cannot rest until a spirit-dawn
Shall come; — the shining hope of Europe free;
The league of sober folk, the Workers’ Earth,
Bringing long peace to Cornwall, Alp and Sea.
It breaks his heart that kings must murder still,
That all his hours of travail here for men
Seem yet in vain. And who will bring white peace
That he may sleep upon his hill again?
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