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of the Art of Lee Oskar Lawrie:
America's Machine-Age MichelangeloTM
Lee Oskar Lawrie (1877-1963) represents the finest spirit of an American success story--a German-American immigrant who started with humble beginnings and went on to show the nation his vision of history: of God and Country, carved in stone. Best known for his image of Atlas at Rockefeller Center in New York City, Lawrie traveled the breadth and depth of the nation and was in great demand as America's foremost architectural sculptor in the first half of the 20th Century. He created works that adorn some of the most remarkable and truly beautiful buildings in the nation. His works live in churches and public buildings all across America, representing the highest forms of ecclesiastical realism and high Art Deco. Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, L. A., San Diego, Washington D.C., West Point, Yale, Staten Island all hold his works but so do smaller places like Argo, Illinois, Lake Wales, Florida, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Baton Rouge and scores of other cities and towns across America. And yet his largest body of work lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.
What is remarkable about Lawrie is that despite his ubiquitous works, he remains largely forgotten to the world. Most bookstores may contain shelves full of books about Art Deco and Modernism, yet in over six years of research, I have yet to find his name in many books about modern art. I hope to change that.
Gregory Paul Harm, M. A., Austin, Texas, January 26, 2008