Edward Berge

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"American soldier on horseback" (private collection)
Monument to Ferdinand Latrobe

Edward Henry Berge (1876–1924) was an American sculptor born in Baltimore, Maryland. He is mainly known for his bronze monumental works and figures. He died in his native city. He studied at the Maryland Institute and was part of the first class of the Rinehart School of Sculpture, which comprised three boys and four girls, and is currently known as the Maryland Institute College of Art. The other two boys were J. Maxwell Miller and Hans Schuler. Upon completion of Rinehart School study, the three went together to Paris where they enrolled in the Académie Julian for three years and studied under Charles Raoul Verlet and Auguste Rodin. Edward Berge was a member of the National Sculpture Society and the National Arts Club.[1]

Sculpture[edit]

Berge mainly worked in marble and bronze and completed many monuments, portrait busts and relief sculptures, many of which are on display outdoors or in public buildings in Baltimore City, including:

  • Armistead, Fort McHenry.
  • Chapin A. Harris, Wyman Parkway and 31st St.
  • Latrobe, Broadway and Baltimore St.
  • On the Trail, Clifton Park.
  • Sea Urchin, Johns Hopkins University.
  • War Memorial, Cherry Hill Administration Building.
  • Watson, Mt. Royal Terrace at North Ave.
  • Wildflower, Homeland Garden.
  • Muse Finding the Head of Orpheus, Walters Art Museum (original stone maquette), Lorraine Park Cemetery (bronze at Berge family plot).

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art, Madison, CT: Sound View Press, September 1999.
  • Berge, Stephens. Edward Berge: A Short Biography, 1983.
  • Naylor, Henry and Caroline. Public Monuments & Sculpture of Baltimore: An Introduction to the Collection, (Bethesda, Md.: The Writer's Center), 1987.
  • Baltimore Museum of Art, Memorial Exhibition of Sculpture by Edward Berge. (Baltimore, MD), 1925.