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 Frederic A. Shaw  (1855 - 1912)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: sculptor-marble

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A late 19th, early 20th-century sculptor from Massachusetts, Frederic Shaw developed a method called translucent sculpture, whereby he used thin slabs of marble to create a window effect within a building. Experimenting with varying thicknesses, he achieved highlights and shadows that many people found astonishing...."the whole mass of marble being suffused with a rich golden colour produced by the rays of light penetrating through it and bringing out the design with exquisite life-likeness." (Couper 56)

Among his works was a design of Christ walking on the water, a triple gothic window representing Ascension, and a wood-nymph by a pool of water that reflected her shadow, which was exhibited in 1893 at the Paris Salon.

Sources include:
Greta Elena Couper, "The American Sculptor on the Grand Tour"
Glenn Opitz, "Dictionary of American Sculpture"

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