Cyrus Edwin Dallin

American 1861 - 1944

Cyrus Edwin Dallin was born in Springville, Utah, surrounded by the vast prairies of the West. Dallin's beginnings seem far removed from the Anglo settlement of New England. His abiding respect for the past, however, would bring the artist to represent with dignity and respect both the native tribes and the early colonists of the United States.

Dallin's art training began in Boston in 1880, in the tile studio of sculptor Truman Bartlett, during which time he also worked in a terra cotta factory. After two years he opened his own studio, modeling portraits and art equestrian statue of Paul Revere. In 1889, with the same success behind him, he went to Paris, where he studied with Henri Chapu at the Académie Julian. He also spent time at Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, which came to Paris in 1889, sketching costumes and accessories of Native American participants. Many of these would serve as studies for a series of four equestrian statues of Native Americans. Dallin began the series before he returned to Boston in the early 1890s, and completed the final one "Appeal to the Great Spirit" in 1908. Late in life, Dallin executed ideal images of colonial file—commemorative plaques and figures in Pilgrim dress. In addition to being a talented sculptor, Dallin was also a painter and accomplished Olympic archer.

Dallin passed away on November 14, 1944, at the age of 82 years old in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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