Dined last night with the American sculptor George Grey Barnard, down on the banks of the Loing at Moret.
He is doing the sculpture for the facade of the Capitol of Pennsylvania - a building a 1000 feet long and 450 feet high. Chiefly two enormous groups containing 33 heroic figures, feeble in sentiment and academic in design. What interested me was the intense absorption of the man in his work, and his energy. He is a little man with staring black eyes (one queer) and the deep strong voice of a very strong man. He has a huge old stone building by the river, rather like a church but not one; and it was curious to see this statuary for an American state being quietly produced here.
|Barnard in his studio at |