Location: Bryant Park, New York
Artist: Jo Davidson
1 of 5 sculptures in the park, this statue honours the pioneering American author, poet, playwright, and art collector Gertrude Stein (1874-1946). Stein was also famous for her Paris salon, where writers and artists like Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway would meet. The bronze statue was installed in 1992 and is based on a model made by Jo Davidson in Paris in 1923.
During Stein’s life in Paris, New York City had filled its parks and squares with statues of statesmen, poets and warriors. There was only one that depicted a woman in one of the most iconic parks – the statue of Joan of Arc. New York art dealer and psychologist, Dr. Maury Leibovitz happened to own the estate of Jo Davidson and not long after, New York gained one of the most fascinating and captivating works for public art in the city. Its proximity to the New York Public Library reflects Stein’s significant literary contributions.