Proceedings at the Meeting in Memory of Karl Bitter: Held in the Ethical Culture Hall on Wednesday, May 5, 1915

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Privately printed at the Nations Press, 1915 - 23 pages
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Page 5 - Potter was a member of the National Academy of Design, the Architectural League of New York, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and a charter member of the National Sculpture Society.
Page 13 - Age, and the Age of Despotism and the Age of Enlightenment. In the division showing the Genius of Man, there were groups representing the human emotions and the human intellect; the Birth of Venus, typifying the emotions; and the Birth of Athene typifying the intellect. Science, Agriculture and Manufacture were pendants on the Fountain of Pendants in the center, and the great tower was surmounted by the Goddess of Light. The main approach to the exposition, called the Triumphal Causeway, was symbolical...
Page 22 - Austrian chief of the sculpture that was to interpret American progress to their hundreds of thousands of visitors or that the most characteristically American of our universities should have made him the portrayer of the rise of the Middle West and of its noble, democratic aspirations? Or that his genius should lightly have touched upon the negro problem and yet have illumined it in passing? Or that for him, the lover of his...
Page 22 - ... rare monuments to his soul in portraying the lineaments of others. He knew what it was to be a leader of men ; his was the stimulating consciousness of having won by sheer merit, without favor or fawning, a place among the foremost of his time. To how very few is as much vouchsafed ; how few even at three-score and ten have carved as much out of the quarry of life?
Page 20 - ... the portals of the land of liberty and know not which way to turn ; that crave leadership yet fear to trust; and ever and anon have concealed among them some precious jewel like this, some divine human gift as their recompense to the haven of refuge that bade them come and be welcome, rest and be free.
Page 21 - ... sky line in the evening light that lured him back there at the end of his life to work in the open, so that when his glance rested from the figure before him, it fell upon one of the wonders of the world. Yet the visions upon which he gazed were not always those he saw, for his was the inward-looking eye so often to be noticed in those whom fate has marked as its own.
Page 21 - ... passed each door, it was ever clearer that America had made this man its own. How abundantly he repaid this confidence and trust, how warmly he appreciated the generosity of his welcome, his work attests a hundredfold. He recognized the obligations as well as the privileges of citizenship; therefore, the opportunity for public service never passed him by unheeded.
Page 20 - But far greater than that victory of our arms is the magnificent triumph of democracy, which Bitter's whole career symbolizes. He was the clearest living proof of the wonder of its ways. One can speak evil of America if one will, and sneer at the melting-pot, too. One can scoff at the multitudes of immigrants who appear to the unthinking but uncouth burdens, great masses that stand wonder-eyed...
Page 21 - Karl Bitter swung wide the gates, and he who is just must bow down and respect the nation that laid its spell upon this man, that raised him up from the struggling, unloosed his artist powers, bade him work...
Page 20 - Day by day the spirit within him broadened and deepened. The very atmosphere of America was tonic to his nature. No bonds here to constrain, no castes to fetter, no hidebound traditions in art or life to enslave, no king to bow before. This was home to him. Here was an Austrian born to be an American ; in him every string was attuned to democracy ; every note responded to our Republican overtones; the more he tested American liberty the freer and freer he grew. Indeed, coming from abroad with fresh...

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