Man Carving His Own Destiny
1908, ARCHIVAL PHOTO
“…all at once the idea took concrete form before his mind’s eye: Man, blindly hewing his way out of darkness, carving his own destiny! Polasek could hardly wait to get home to start his composition. Man, chiseling himself, struggling to hack out his own character, carving his future by the effort of his will – it was part of his life, just what he himself had done, and into this composition he threw his whole soul, expressing himself more fully than he had ever done before.” Sherwood, Ruth. Carving His Own Destiny. Chicago: Ralph Fletcher Seymour, 1954, p. 178.