the following was written by Janis Conner of Conner Rosenkranz, NY, who represents the work of my great step-grandaddy. Read on!
Jo Davidson was this country’s most important portrait sculptor in the first half of the twentieth century. Just as historians and journalists, Davidson was a chronicler of his time. Portraiture was his profession, but he also considered it his personal mandate to make visual records of people who shaped an extraordinary era—among them, Mohandas Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Helen Keller, Mother Jones, Charlie Chaplin, Ernie Pyle, Dwight D. Eisenhower, James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Clarence Darrow, and Charles Lindbergh. Davidson put his sitters at ease, which allowed him to intuit what lay behind immediate appearances. He could keep their energy from flagging because he worked with remarkable speed, and this combined with his skill for finding the authenticity of his subjects made him a great portraitist.
and this... is my handsome uncle Laurent, also know as LaTiDo and well known sculptor living in Carmel CA. He's in NY tonight!!!!