A Dream and a Chisel
Louisiana Sculptor Angela Gregory in Paris, 1925–1928
This memoir is based on Penrose's oral history interviews with Gregory, as well as letters and diaries compiled before Gregory's death in 1990. A Dream and a Chisel demonstrates the importance of mentorships, offers a glimpse into the realities of an artist's life and studio, and captures the vital early years of an extraordinary woman who carved a place for herself in Louisiana's history.
About the Authors
Nancy L. Penrose is an award-winning writer whose essays have been published in many literary magazines and in anthologies. She is the coauthor, with Khoo Seow Hwa, of Behind the Brushstrokes: Appreciating Chinese Calligraphy. From 1999 to 2014 Penrose served as writer, editor, and communications coordinator for the University of Washington's ocean observatory program.
"It is a brilliant evocation of the 1920s life in and around Bourdelle's studio, and a very moving evocation of Angela Gregory's personality."—Amélie Simier, director, Musée Bourdelle, Paris
"This detailed text is a testament to two dynamic women—Nancy Penrose, whose decades–long effort to tell the story of Angela Gregory's artistic awakening that led to this insightful book, and to Gregory herself, who unabashedly committed to sculpture despite societal expectations"—Amy Galpin, chief curator, Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
"New Orleans native Angela Gregory's story of her years in the Paris atelier of a prominent sculptor is a fascinating tale. In forthright language she recounts the challenges she faced as an American and as a woman, shedding light on the rigors and benefits of academic training. Her narrative is peppered with entertaining anecdotes and descriptions of her encounters with such notable figures as her mentor Antoine Bourdelle and his wife, Krishnamurti, and Joseph Campbell, who encouraged Gregory to write about her Parisian experiences."—Martha R. Severens, curator, Greenville County Museum of Art 1992–2010
"vivid and entrancing... If you love art, French culture, and family stories, you will love getting to know Angela Gregory."—Southeastern Librarian
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