A HERITAGE OF BEAUTY
The Live and Works of
Daniel Chester French
A Heritage of Beauty, beginning with the unveiling of the iconic Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts, is a documentary film exploring French’s formative years and his contributions to public sculptured work which ultimately led to his collaboration with Henry Bacon in the design of the Lincoln Memorial which now awaits its re-dedication to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
Today, the Lincoln Memorial stands as the single and most significant temple to American democracy, the focus of the Civil Rights Movement and, more than any other site in the nation’s capital, the chosen site for peaceful assembly, for collective witnessing, in times of hope or despair.
A Heritage of Beauty documents the aesthetic and political significance of French’s public sculptures, such as John Harvard at Harvard University or Alma Mater at Columbia University, or the Richard Morris Hunt Memorial in Central Park and the General George Washington equestrian monument honoring the founder in Paris.
A Heritage of Beauty explores the unknown French: his continuing study of the female form revealed in Andromeda, currently exhibited at Chesterwood, and Memory, part the permanent exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In these works, we learn about the private artist, whose female form studies, served as a complex complement to the values associated with public competitions. In the public and the private eye meet the essence of the American pioneering sculptor.
HERITAGE FILM PROJECT + CHESTERWOOD present A HERITAGE OF BEAUTY
a film by EDUARDO MONTES-BRADLEY Executive Producer CHESTERWOOD
With the Collaboration of
CHERSTERWOOD Donna HASSLER Michael RICHMAN
Daniel PRESTON Margaret CHERIN Rufus COLLINS Dana PILSON Jeffrey PLANK Valerie BALINT
Written and Directed by