BARTLETT, Paul Wayland
(b. 1865, New Haven, d. 1925, Paris)


American sculptor, son of Truman Howe Bartlett, a sculptor and art critic. Although Paul Bartlett was born in the United States he may well be considered a French sculptor since he spent the greater part of his life in Paris. He lived in Paris in his boyhood and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and under Frémiet. The Bohemian Bear Trainer won a gold medal at the Salon of 1888. Of his other works, The Ghost Dance is at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; the equestrian statue of Lafayette is in Paris and a replica is in Hartford, Conn.; Columbus, Michelangelo, and Law are in the Library of Congress. The bronze statue of Robert Morris (Philadelphia) was unveiled after the sculptor's death.

Bartlett's masterwork was the House of Representatives pediment at the U.S. Capitol building, The Apotheosis of Democracy, begun in 1908 and completed in 1916.

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