Karl Theodore Francis Bitter


Karl Theodore Francis Bitter


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Vienna, Austria

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Biographical Text

He was trained at the Kunstgewerbeschule (the imperial school for the applied arts) in Vienna and in 1889 arrived to New York. At age 21 he won the competition to create the Astor memorial bronze gates of Trinity Church..He collaborated with Richard Morris Hunt, Frank Furness, Cass Gilbert and George Post. working as a sculptor at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and as director at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York in 1901.Among the awards won by Bitter were the silver medal of the Paris Exposition, 1900; the gold medal of the Pan-American Exposition, 1901; a gold medal at Philadelphia, 1902; and the gold medal at the St. Louis Exposition, 1904


J.Dennis Karl Bitter: Architectural Sculptor, 1867-1915.Madison, University of Wisconsin Press, 1967. Schevill, Ferdinand,Karl Bitter; a biography, Chicago, Ill., The University of Chicago Press [1917]

The work of Karl Bitter https://archive.org/stream/jstor-25503712/25503712_djvu.txt
Dearinger, D.B. Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design Hudson Hills, 2004 ..

Web Resources

Archives of American Art (Smithsonian) https://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/karl-theodore-francis-bitter-papers-8889


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