Littleton the Poet

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Object Name: 
Littleton the Poet
Accession Number: 
76.3.32 B
Overall H: 46.6 cm, W: 21 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
In this portrait of Harvey K. Littleton, one of the founders of the American Studio Glass movement, each head explores a different facet of his personality. Erwin Eisch shows us Littleton as a gentleman, a poet, a teacher, a man of Frauenau (Eisch’s hometown), and a worker. We see him with a headache, as fragile, and we see his spirit. Littleton and Eisch were close friends who influenced each other’s work, and they pioneered the development of blown glass as a material for sculpture.
Kunsthaus Museum, Source
E. Eisch 76
near base
Primary Description: 
Sculpture, "Littleton the Poet." Colorless glass, cold painted with glasses and beanie.
Corning Museum of Glass 2012-03-15 through 2013-02-03
Masters of Studio Glass: Erwin Eisch is a special exhibition of 22 vessels and sculptures by one of the founders of studio glass in Europe, Erwin Eisch (German, b. 1927). The exhibition recognizes Eisch for his achievements in developing glass as a material for artistic expression, and it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the birth of studio glass in the United States. Eisch, a close friend of American Studio Glass founder, Harvey K. Littleton (American, b. 1922), had a profound influence on the development of American, as well as European, studio glass. Objects in the exhibition span 40 years of Eisch’s career in glass from 1964 to 2004. His works are tradition-breaking, and his radical thoughts about art reflect the unorthodox approach to glass that has characterized his work throughout his career. All of the works presented are drawn from the Museum’s collection.
The Gather (2011) illustrated, back cover;
Favorite Things (2011) illustrated, back cover; BIB# AI88819
Sources of Inspiration (1998) p. 50; BIB# AI41266
Erwin Eisch (1982-10) p. 22; BIB# AI6757
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1976 (1977) illustrated, pp. 2, 4; BIB# AI97146
Moderne Glas aus Amerika, Europe and Japan (1976) illustrated, pp. 60-61; BIB# 28064
Reflections in Glass, Water and Wine section E, pp. 29, 36; BIB# AI42840