Thursday, January 12, 2012

Writers' blocks

Writers are displayed in hunks of statuary all over globe, sometimes in slightly kooky fashions. Kafkaesque? You got it! Franz K is portrayed whimsically by Czech sculptor Jaroslav Róna. Well, it beats riding a giant cockroach, eh? George Eliot looks a bit waif-like and disconsolate in this memorial in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Sculpture by John Letts, 1986.

Dostoevsky supposedly observed that all subsequent Russian writers crawled from beneath the overcoat of Nikolai Gogol. This Moscow monument, created in 1909 by Nikolai Andreev, shows the author huddled in a cape; beneath the snow some of his characters are depicted in bronze friezes. It stands in the courtyard of an 18th-century mansion where Gogol lived during his last few years.

Many statues of writers grace the Cour Napoléon outside of the Louvre in Paris, among them Pierre Abélard, by Pierre Jules Cavelier, and Moliere (pseudonym of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin), by Bernard Gabriel Seure the elder.

Gertrude Stein looks typically monumental in this photo of the first public statue of an American woman to be installed in New York City (that's if you don't count Central Park's Mother Goose). Sitting on the eastern edge of Bryant Park, the work is by Jo Davidson, and it was a gift of Dr. Maury Leibovitz.

Let us know about any favorite writers' statues you've come across!

1 comment:

  1. These are fantastic! I'm trying to think if I've ever come across a writer's statue...