Statue of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


This monument is a bronze replica of an iron and copper piece by German sculptor Karl Fischer (1802–1865) from around 1832. The Goethe Society of America acquired it in 1876 and displayed it at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until 1932, when it was moved to Bryant Park. The fragile artwork was replaced with a more durable bronze casting following its installation at the park. The sculpture was refurbished in 1992 as part of the overall improvements to the park completed by the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation. This bronze portrait bust depicts the German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832). Goethe`s best-known works include The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774) and the dramatic poem Faust (1808, 1832). In addition to writing these pivotal works of fiction, Goethe had a diverse range of interests and skills. From practicing law and studying the classics to drawing, painting, and acting as director of court theaters, Goethe applied his belief in the energetic, artistic individual to all aspects of his life.

Constructed, 1832

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