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After life’s fitful fever he sleeps well;
Treason has done its worst; nor steel, nor poison,
Malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing,
Can touch him further."
Leo Cherne, known as a leading economist, advisor to governments and business institutions, and Executive Director of the Research Institute of America, has been a serious artist since an early age. His Head of Albert Schweitzer is in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. A bronze portrait of Jean Sibelius by Cherne is in the Sibelius Museum in Helsinki, Finland. In order to capture Lincoln in his last days, Cherne made a thorough study of Lincoln’s face which he describes as “a palimpsest of human paradox.” Carl Sandburg called Cherne’s portrait, “...a superbly keen sculpture. This is the best representative plastic art shaping of Lincoln that I have met.” The bronze original of this portrait head is at the Lincoln Museum at Washington, D.C.