This week's Featured Web site is Henry Scott Goodman's exhibit of of the World War I art medals of Ludwig Gies, which recently won the Best of Show at the ANA National Money Show. For images of the cases, click on the Ribbon image link on the home page or = www.crestviewcable.com/~archy2/gies/bofs.html. The link below is the home page of the web recreation of the exhibit text and images.
Ludwig Gies was born in Munich, Germany on September 3, 1887. His general education was limited to eight years of elementary and secondary school before he entered an apprenticeship in repoussé metalwork from 1902 through 1906. He continued working for this firm, first as a craftsman, then as a designer until 1914.
During this same time period Gies attended the City Crafts School (1906-1908) where he learned sculpture and architectural drawing. Additionally, he attended the College of Arts and Crafts from 1908-1910 where he studied under sculptor Heinrich Waderé and medallist Maxmilian Dasio. In 1910 he began sculptural studies at the Bavarian Academy of Arts whereby all of his previous studies culminated in Gies’ mastery of craftsmanship, technical skill, and understanding of form and material.
Gies created approximately 150 WWI medal designs between 1913-1918. He became known and admired for his ability to create monumentality in the smallest of spaces.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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