GUTZON BORGLUM - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/01/1917 - HFSID 253703
Sale Price $1,530.00
GUTZON BORGLUMBorglum signed this typed letter on his personalized stationery in 1917 about the appreciation that "my Lincoln" has received and about the influence of sculptor Auguste Rodin on him. This letter is dated only 16 days before Rodin's death. Accompanied by original mailing envelope. Typed Letter Signed: "Gutzon Borglum". 1 page, 6¾x8¾, on Borglum's personalized stationery. November 1, 1917. Addressed to Mr. Stanley Horka, Passaic, New Jersey. In part: "I have been very much touched by the wide appreciation of what I have accomplished in my Lincoln and some other works, one of the evidences of which is the desire of your gathering to use my name. These honors come often too late to give the pleasure great efforts deserve. My Lincoln was made several years ago and newspapers now filled with its praise ignored it when it was unveiled. That is life. I do not on the other hand think you can do better than use the name of Auguste Rodin. He has been my inspiration. He has inspired the best men of sculpture today and God knows we need inspiration…." Lightly toned, creased and rippled. Typewriting is light, but signature strong. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Original mailing envelope, hand-addressed by Borglum. With pencil notations in upper left corner in unknown hand. Postmarked Stamford, Connecticut, Nov. 2, 1917. Addressed to Mr. Stanley Horka, Passaic, New Jersey. Lightly toned, creased and rippled. Address is lightly smeared in places, but legible. Stamp has been cut off. Envelope was neatly cut open at top edge. Otherwise in fine condition. Borglum became a life-long friend of sculptor Auguste Rodin when he went to Paris to study art (circa 1890). Rodin died 16 days after this letter was dated. "My Lincoln" could be one of two statues that he sculpted. In 1908, Borglum's large Marble Head of Lincoln was installed in the Rotunda of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. In 1911, Borglum's Seated Lincoln was unveiled in Newark, New Jersey, a town very close to this letter's recipient. AUGUSTE RODIN (1840-1917, born in Paris, France) is considered to be one of the greatest portraitists in the history of sculpture. His works include The Thinker and The Kiss and busts of Hugo, Proust, Shaw and Clemenceau. GUTZON BORGLUM (1867-1941, born John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum in St. Charles, Idaho), already famous for creating the great head of Lincoln in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, was commissioned to begin work on a "shrine of democracy" in 1927. After selecting Mount Rushmore as its site, he began work on 60-foot-high heads of Presidents George Washington (unveiled in 1930), Thomas Jefferson (1936), Abraham Lincoln (1937) and Theodore Roosevelt (1939), chosen to represent epic symbols of America. Borglum, who developed innovative stone-working methods to accomplish the massive project, died in 1941, leaving his son Lincoln to complete the finishing details.
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