Although his sculptures reflected little of the more “modern” cubist school, the character of his pieces was always clearly American in their demeanor.Pratt’s wife, Helen Lugarda Pray Pratt, also a fine sculptor herself, carefully preserved quantities of photographs of his works, numerous articles referring to his work, as well as historic letters and documents.They tell of his colleagues, his family, his struggles and successes, all the while defining what is now referred to as “The Boston School of Art.” They are a veritable treasure trove of information, carved from his own hand. Follow the transformation of a work of sculpture from the initial idea to reality. This article and photograph provided courtesy of the Bela Lyon Pratt Historical Society.It’s been a long time coming, but finally, Bela Lyon Pratt, eminent American sculptor enters the 21st century! Copyright 2011, Bela Lyon Pratt Historical Society, All Rights Reserved.For more information, please visit the Bela Lyon Pratt Historical Society web site at: By Peter O’Brien, May 2016 The Beginning … Breitenbach manufactured Gude’s Pepto-Mangan, a mixture of iron and manganese.The Ebay dealer’s offering of “three journals about Jamaica Plains, Mass” was priced right even though the conditions he described ranged from good to fair to poor. Pepto-Mangan was claimed to cure a seemingly endless list of ailments.Neither exotic nor scandalous, Pratt’s life cannot be characterized as “titillating” as can be said of many of his contemporaries.
He went, received the clay and at once modeled a lion’s head!
Bela Lyon Pratt was a quiet, unassuming family man.