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University of Louisville - The Thinker (16" x 17" Framed Photograph) by Louisville Photographer Dan Dry

$129.00 (excluding tax)

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The Thinker, poised at the foot of Grawemeyer Hall on the Belknap campus, is the most profound and memorable image associated with campus life at the University of Louisville. This classic sculpture quietly reminds students, alumni, faculty, staff and visitors of theUniversity’s most fundamental task: creating a congenial, fertile, and stimulating environment for the experience, sharing and evolution of human thought.

If there is a gift that is sure to “touch” anyone associated with the University of Louisville it is The Thinker. Now you can order The Thinker in two forms: A beautiful 18” x 24” poster and a 16” x 17” framed art photograph. These images were taken by Dan Dry, renowned American photographer and Louisville resident.

Both images are being made available as a partial funding source for a new U of L endowed scholarship to benefit deaf and hard of hearing students. The Linda Ellis Williams Scholarship will honor Linda, a respected Louisville special educator, U of L’s first deaf graduate and daughter of Dr. Rudy Ellis, renowned Cardinal Team Physician.

More about the photographer, Dan Dry of Louisville KY (Kentucky):

Dan Dry is one of America’s most widely recognized photographers. He has won over 400 national and international photography, advertising and design awards during his career.

Mr. Dry has also received his profession’s highest honor, being named the National Press Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association.

Mr. Dry was a member of The Courier-Journal’s Pulitzer Prize winning photography staff from 1976 until 1982. While still in high school, Mr. Dry made history at age 16, when he was part of a team that finished as runner-up to the New York Times for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The work was done for The Athens Messenger, a rural Ohio newspaper with a total circulation of only 12,000 readers.

Mr. Dry served two internships at National Geographic Society; his first began at age 19. Dry went on to work professionally for the publication for an additional eight years, traveling the world extensively and shooting a variety of assignments as a contract photographer.

Mr. Dry is the sole author of over 20 coffee table books on Colleges and Universities and has contributed numerous photographs to over 100 additional books, including America 24/7 and A Day in the Life of America, the only book of photography to ever top The New York Times bestseller list.

For the past 20 years Mr. Dry has turned talents to corporate and advertising photography for Fortune 500 companies and advertising agencies, producing work for advertisements, annual reports, web sites and brochures. In addition, Mr. Dry was under contract as a staff photographer for the University of Chicago Department of Alumni Relations and Development for several years. Dan Dry is currently serving as the Chief Visual Officer / Senior Vice President at Power Creative, a full-service advertising agency in Louisville, Kentucky.

About the Thinker: (Info from the University of Louisville website louisville.edu)

Think you know about UofL's Thinker? Think again.

  • He’s a masterpiece among us — the real deal.
  • The Thinker statue that sits in front of Grawemeyer Hall is the first large-scale bronze cast of The Thinker. French sculptor Auguste Rodin personally supervised the casting in Paris. It came out of the mold Dec. 25, 1903, and was completed in early 1904. The Thinker design has been cast many times. Eight were made before Rodin’s death in 1917.
  • As the first large-scale Thinker ever cast, UofL’s Thinker claims priority as the most original. 
  • He has been around.
  • Rodin sent The Thinker to the 1904 World’s Fair. It was owned privately in Baltimore and later was displayed in the Walters Art Museum there. When Baltimore purchased another Thinker, the museum sold the sculpture to the estate of lawyer and art lover Arthur Hopkins, which bought it for the city of Louisville. The city decided to put The Thinker at UofL. 
  • The Thinker has sat in front of Grawemeyer Hall since 1949.
  • He used to be green. 
  • Chemical reactions of acids in rainwater with copper compounds in the bronze had turned our Thinker green. Between December 2011 and February 2012, conservators cleaned the corrosion and gave him a black-over-green patina similar to that on other versions of The Thinker. 
  • The Thinker goes way back.
  • The origins of The Thinker date to 1880. Rodin originally conceived of The Thinker as a statue to be installed at the top of a pair of monumental doors he’d been commissioned to design for a museum of decorative arts. He envisioned the figure as “The Inferno” poet Dante looking down on hell. Rodin called the entire piece The Gates of Hell. 
  • Rodin refined the design over the next 20 years, although it never served its original purpose. 
  • He’s recognized everywhere. 
  • Many art historians consider The Thinker to be the most famous sculpture in the world. Its image has been used in media campaigns and it even played an important role in the early days of television when it was incorporated in a popular TV show called “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” set on a college campus.

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