Cyrus Dallin Art Museum
Considered one of the most important American sculptors, Cyrus E. Dallin was the first sculptor to depict American Indian subjects in "naturalistic, sympathetic, and heroic forms," (1). Other subjects favored by the artist included historical figures, allegorical and mythological figures, and family members and neighbors. The museum collection includes sculptures and reliefs, coins, medals, and paintings by Cyrus Dallin, spanning the artist's lifetime, as well as personal items, photographs, letters, and other archival materials (1).
Backstory and Context
In Boston, Dallin worked in a terra cotta factory while studying with Bartlett for two years, then opened his own studio. During this time, he began his statue of Paul Revere, which would take 58 years to complete. In 1889, he moved to Paris to study at the Académie Julian with Henri Chapu. When Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show visited Paris that year, Dallin sketched the Native American participants. He used these studies for a series of four Native American equestrian statues, the last of which (Appeal to the Great Spirit) he finished in Boston in 1908. Cyrus married writer Vittoria Colonna Murray in 1891, with whom he had three sons. The family moved permanently to Arlington, Massachusetts in 1900. In addition to sculpting, Dallin taught at the Massachusetts Normal Art School from 1900-1941, as well as acting as a member of the town planning board and a trustee of Robbins Library and Symmes Hospital. He even once ran for the Massachusetts Legislature. Cyrus Dallin died at age 82 in 1944 (1; 2).
The Cyrus E. Dallin
The museum collection
includes sculptures and reliefs, coins, medals, and paintings by Cyrus Dallin,
spanning the artist's lifetime, as well as personal items, photographs,
letters, and other archival materials. Dallin's subjects include American
Indians, historical figures, family members and neighbors, and mythological
figures. The museum was established in 1995, after a restoration and
conservation program in the 1980s-90s began for Dallin's works. It officially
opened in 1998, located in the historic Jefferson Cutter House. The museum
holds an annual Summer Soiree event, and offers public tours, private group
tours, school programs, and lectures (1). The Jefferson Cutter House, where the
museum is located, was built in 1830 and is listed on the National Register of
Historic Places (3).