Thursday, June 17, 2010
Dionysus, by Edward Francis McCartans, 1936
Anna Hyatt Huntington was a largely self taught sculpter who grew up in a family of scientists who studied animals. From a young age she was fascinated by and loved to study animals too. She did study sculpture later under Herman MacNeil and Guzton Borglum at the Art Students League of New York.
Anna and Archer Huntington built these gardens around the idea of having a large American figurative sculpture collection at Brookgreen Gardens, especially those pieces that could be situated in an outdoor setting. And of course the collection was built around Anna's own sculpture. Today at Brookgreen there are over 1200 sculptures by 350 artists - from the 19th century to the 21st century. Here are a few photos of some of my favorites.
Diana of the Chase, Anna Hyatt Huntington
Alligator Bender, Nathaniel Choate
Christ Child, Adam Belskie
Riders of the Dawn, Adolph Alexander Weinman
Inspired by Psalm 139
Samuel and the Lion
Reaching Jaguar, Anna Hyatt Huntington
all photos via Whitehaven