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Style: American Modern
Bronze Bowl With Marble and Wood Sculpture
Located in Lake Worth Beach, FL
Bronze Marble Wood Sculpture Four separate pieces, unsigned artist Sarah Schwartz was born 1953 Chicago, Illinois. Education: 1971-72 York University/Ontario College of Art, Toronto...
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1980s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

Samson, Bronze Sculpture by Arnold Goldstein
Located in Long Island City, NY
Bronze sculpture of blind Samson collapsing the temple in the ultimate act in the story of Samson and Delilah created by American artist Arnold Goldstein...
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1970s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Bronze Sculpture Flutist American Modernist Art Stanley Bleifeld Girl with Flute
Located in Surfside, FL
Retaining a fine patina and in overall good condition. Signed with initials SB. I believe the edition size was 7 But I cannot find a mark. Stanley Bleifeld (1924 – 2011) was an American sculptor. Stanley Bleifeld was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Bleifeld earned bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of science in education and in 1949 a master of fine arts degree in painting at Tyler School of Art of Temple University. After a trip to Rome in 1959 or 1960 he gave up painting for sculpture. He began his fine-art career as a painter. However, a visit to Italy and exposure to the bronzes of Donatello, Michelangelo, and Ghiberti changed his direction He worked with the Art Foundry of Massimo del Chiaro and alongside artists such as Lucchesi, Harry Marinsky, Fernando Botero, Igor Mitoraj and Ivan Theimer. Many of his early pieces were religious subjects, and reflected both painting and sculptural techniques in bas reliefs* that had "liquid landscapes in undulating reliefs and free-flowing portraits reminiscent of classical fragments" (166-167). He later turned from these abstract pieces to more realistic figures in bronze. Bleifeld was a National Academician in Sculpture, and a member of the National Academy of Design, and helped set policy for that organization. He was also President of the National Sculpture Society. Past presidents of the society have included John Quincy Adams Ward, James Earle Fraser, Chester Beach, Wheeler Williams, Leo Friedlander, Neil Estern, and Cecil de Blaquiere Howard. The first woman to gain admission into the NSS was Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson, in 1893. She was followed a few years later by Enid Yandell and Bessie Potter Vonnoh in 1898; Janet Scudder in 1904; Anna Hyatt Huntington in 1905 and Evelyn Longman and Abastenia St. Leger Eberle in 1906. In 1946, Richmond Barthé was likely the first African-American to be admitted. In 1994, the NSS held their first exhibition outside the United States at the Palazzo Mediceo Di Seravezza in Italy. Titled “100 Years of the National Sculpture Society of the United States of America in Italy” it ran from the 16th of July through the 4th of September and was curated by Nicky and Stanley Bleifeld along with Costantino Paolicchi, Lodovico Gierut and Paolo Giorgi. Among the 60 notable American sculptors whose work was selected for the exhibition were Stanley Bleifeld, Andrew DeVries, Neil Estern, Leonda Finke, Bruno Lucchesi, Barbara Lekberg...
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1970s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Bronze Modernist Sculpture Portrait, Gertrude Stein by Minna Harkavy WPA Artist
Located in Surfside, FL
Minna Rothenberg Harkavy (1895-1987) Estonian-American signed bronze portrait bust, marble, stone base. Minna Harkavy (1887 – 1987) (birth occasionally listed as 1895) was a Jewish American sculptor born in Estonia to Yoel and Hannah Rothenberg and immigrated to the United States around 1900. She studied at the Art Students League, at Hunter College and in Paris with Antoine Bourdelle. Harkavy was a WPA Federal Art Project artist, for whom she created a 1942 wood relief piece, Industry and Landscape of Winchendon for the post office in Winchendon, Massachusetts. She was a founding member of the Sculptors Guild and showed a work, My Children are Desolate Because the Enemy Prevailed in the Second Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition Negro Head in the 1940-1941 and Woman in Thought in 1941. Harkavy was an early feminist, a founding member of the New York Society of Women Artists. Politically she was known as a leftist and anti-fascist with a strong social consciousness. In 1931 she exhibited a bust of Hall Johnson in the Museum of Western Art in Moscow and the work was purchased for the Pushkin Museum there. Abraham, Walkowitz sat for a portrait by her. In 1932 she represented the John Reed Club at an anti-war conference in Amsterdam. A bust of Italian- American anti-fascist (and her lover) Carlo Tresca who was assassinated in New York in 1943 was installed in his birthplace of Sulmona, Italy. She showed at Associated American Artists gallery, along with Max Weber, Waldo Peirce...
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Early 20th Century American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Large Chaim Gross Mid Century Mod Bronze Sculpture Circus Acrobats WPA Artist
Located in Surfside, FL
Chaim Gross (American, 1904-1991) Patinated cast bronze sculpture, Three Acrobats, signed mounted on black marble plinth 24.5"h x 14"w x 7"d (bronze alone) Chaim Gross (March 17, 1904 – May 5, 1991) was an American modernist sculptor and educator. Gross was born to a Jewish family in Austrian Galicia, in the village of Wolowa (now known as Mezhgorye, Ukraine), in the Carpathian Mountains. In 1911, his family moved to Kolomyia (which was annexed into the Ukrainian USSR in 1939 and became part of newly independent Ukraine in 1991). When World War I ended, Gross and brother Avrom-Leib went to Budapest to join their older siblings Sarah and Pinkas. Gross applied to and was accepted by the art academy in Budapest and studied under the painter Béla Uitz, though within a year a new regime under Miklos Horthy took over and attempted to expel all Jews and foreigners from the country. After being deported from Hungary, Gross began art studies at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna, Austria shortly before immigrating to the United States in 1921. Gross's studies continued in the United States at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design, where he studied with Elie Nadelman and others, and at the Art Students League of New York, with Robert Laurent. He also attended the Educational Alliance Art School, studying under Abbo Ostrowsky, at the same time as Moses Soyer and Peter Blume. In 1926 Gross began teaching at The Educational Alliance, and continued teaching there for the next 50 years. Louise Nevelson was among his students at the Alliance (in 1934), during the time she was transitioning from painting to sculpture. In the late 1920s and early 1930s he exhibited at the Salons of America exhibitions at the Anderson Galleries and, beginning in 1928, at the Whitney Studio Club. In 1929, Gross experimented with printmaking, and created an important group of 15 linocuts and lithographs of landscapes, New York City streets and parks, women in interiors, the circus, and vaudeville. The entire suite is now in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gross returned to the medium of printmaking in the 1960s, and produced approximately 200 works in the medium over the next two decades. For more than sixty years Chaim Gross's art has expressed optimistic, affirming themes, Judaica, balancing acrobats, cyclists, trapeze artists and mothers and children convey joyfulness, modernism, exuberance, love, and intimacy. This aspect of his work remained consistent with his Jewish Hasidic heritage, which teaches that only in his childlike happiness is man nearest to God. In March 1932 Gross had his first solo exhibition at Gallery 144 in New York City. For a short time they represented Gross, as well as his friends Milton Avery, Moses Soyer, Ahron Ben-Shmuel and others. Gross was primarily a practitioner of the direct carving method, with the majority of his work being carved from wood. Other direct carvers in early 20th-century American art include William Zorach, Jose de Creeft, and Robert Laurent. Works by Chaim Gross can be found in major museums and private collections throughout the United States, with substantial holdings (27 sculptures) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. A key work from this era, now at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is the 1932 birds-eye maple Acrobatic Performers, which is also only one and one quarter inch thick. In 1933 Gross joined the government's PWAP (Public Works of Art Project), which transitioned into the WPA (Works Progress Administration), which Gross worked for later in the 1930s. Under these programs Gross taught and demonstrated art, made sculptures that were placed in schools and public colleges, made work for Federal buildings including the Federal Trade Commission Building, and for the France Overseas and Finnish Buildings at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Gross was also recognized during these years with a silver medal at the Exposition universelle de 1937 in Paris, and in 1942, with a purchase prize at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Artists for Victory" exhibition for his wood sculpture of famed circus performer Lillian Leitzel. In 1949 Gross sketched Chaim Weizmann, President of Israel, at several functions in New York City where Weizmann was speaking, Gross completed the bust in bronze later that year. Gross returned to Israel for three months in 1951 (the second of many trips there in the postwar years) to paint a series of 40 watercolors of life in various cities. This series was exhibited at the Jewish Museum (Manhattan) in 1953. In the 1950s Gross began to make more bronze sculptures alongside his wood and stone pieces, and in 1957 and 1959 he traveled to Rome to work with famed bronze foundries including the Nicci foundry. At the end of the decade Gross was working primarily in bronze which allowed him to create open forms, large-scale works and of course, multiple casts. Gross's large-scale bronze The Family, donated to New York City in 1991 in honor of Mayor Ed Koch, and installed at the Bleecker Street Park at 11th street, is now a fixture of Greenwich Village. In 1959, a survey of Gross's sculpture in wood, stone, and bronze was featured in the exhibit Four American Expressionists curated by Lloyd Goodrich at the Whitney Museum of American Art, with work by Abraham Rattner, Doris Caesar, and Karl Knaths. In 1976, a selection from Gross's important collection of historic African sculpture, formed since the late 1930s, was exhibited at the Worcester Art Museum in the show The Sculptor's Eye: The African Art Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Gross. Gross was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full Academician in 1981. In 1984, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, with Jacob Lawrence and Lukas Foss. In the fall of 1991, Allen Ginsberg gave an important tribute to Gross at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which is published in their Proceedings. In 1994, Forum Gallery, which now represents the Chaim Gross estate, held a memorial exhibition featuring a sixty-year survey of Gross's work. Gross was a professor of printmaking and sculpture at both the Educational Alliance and the New School for Social Research in New York City, as well as at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, the MoMA art school, the Art Student's League and the New Art School (which Gross ran briefly with Alexander Dobkin...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

Torso Vessel (Fish Head Woman)
Located in Kansas City, MO
Jim Leedy “Torso Vessel” (Fish Head Woman) Stoneware Sculpture, Glaze Year: 1979 Size: 34.75 x 16 x 11 Signed COA provided Ref.: 924802-1364 Jim Leedy was a...
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1970s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Stoneware

Sitting Bull - Original Signed Sculpture #Unique
By Gilbert Poillerat
Located in Paris, FR
Gilbert POILLERAT (1902-1988) Sitting Bull Original bronze sculpture with natural patina Signed with the monogram signature in the bronze Dated (19)76 24 cm diameter (c. 10 inch) a...
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1970s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

The Chief
Located in Kansas City, MO
Title: The Chief Medium: Mixed Media Year: 2018 Signed Size: 16 x 15 x 10.25 inches Tom Binger finds it interesting that during a time in which the internet is quickly becoming the ...
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2010s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Mixed Media

Savings Account
Located in Kansas City, MO
Title: Savings Account Medium: Mixed Media Year: 2018 Signed Size: 18.5 x 24 x 7.5 inches Tom Binger finds it interesting that during a time in which the internet is quickly becomin...
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2010s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Mixed Media

Vintage Arthur Court Aluminum Sculpture Cast Bouquet Flowers, Ladybug Home Decor
Located in Surfside, FL
A designer decor bouquet of aluminum floral forms by Arthur Court Designs (California). Produced 1989. Includes: four (4) aluminum flowers on stems; and four (4) aluminum leaves on s...
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1980s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Metal

Two Figures
By Robert Chester Thomas
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This sculpture is part of our exhibition America Coast to Coast: Artists of the 1940s. Two Figures, 1949, ebony wood, 24 x 7 x 5 inches, unsigned, but comes from Thomas' daughters ...
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1940s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Wood, Ebony

Figure of a Woman Sleeping in a Rocking Chair by Bruno Lucchesi
Located in Brookville, NY
This bronze sculpture of a woman in a chair, is typical of the work of Bruno Lucchese. Born in Italy in 1926, Bruno Lucchesi has been referred to as “the last of the Renaissance scu...
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1960s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

"Man on a Stair" American Scene Social Realism WPA Mid 20th Century Modern
Located in New York, NY
"Man on a Stair" American Scene Social Realism WPA Mid 20th Century Modern Robert M. Cronbach (AMERICAN / NEW YORK / MISSOURI, 1908 - 2001) modernist bronze sculpture depicting a st...
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1940s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Construction & Garment Worker, WPA Bronze by Robert Cronbach
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Robert Cronbach, American (1908 - 2001) Title: Construction & Garment Worker Year: 1938 Medium: Bronze sculpture with Brown Patina, signature and date in the cast Size: 18 ...
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1930s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Woman Seated A Bronze Sculpture of a Woman by Charles Rumsey
Located in Brookville, NY
The bronze sculpture of a woman by Charles Rumsey is undated, but was created at a point in his career where he began to transition from realism to more modern, looser depictions of ...
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1920s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

1961 Coty Award Plaque Kenneth Hairdresser Jacqueline Onassis Bronze Fashion
Located in New York, NY
1961 Coty Award Plaque Kenneth Hairdresser Jacqueline Onassis Bronze Fashion Bronze on wood. The wood plaque measures 12 3/4" by 20 3/4 inches. The bronze plaque itself is 13 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches and the the bronze inscription, which reads "COTY, American Fashion Critics Special Award 1961 to KENNETH of LILY DACHE...
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1960s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Woman with Lowered Head
Located in Greenwich, CT
Joseph Goethe was one of our finest American modernist carvers in wood. He loved to use exotic and or beautiful woods to inspire his compositions which ranged from figurative, to an...
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1940s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Mahogany

The Bride
By Janet Scudder
Located in PARIS, FR
The Bride by Janet Scudder (1869-1940) Bronze with dark brown patina signed "Janet Scudder" on the base cast by Alexis Rudier, fondeur Paris (foundry mark) France early 20th century height 28 cm Biography : Janet Scudder (1869-1940) was an American sculptor. Born Netta Deweze Frazee, but called Janet, her childhood was difficult. Her mother died at age 38 in 1874. Despite limited financial means, her father sent her to study drawing at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She also studied sculpture with Louis Rebisso. She taught in 1888 women wood...
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Early 20th Century American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Bronze Female Nude Sculpture Modernist, WPA, New York Chelsea Hotel Artist
By Eugenie Gershoy
Located in Surfside, FL
Eugenie Gershoy (January 1, 1901 – May 8, 1986) was an American sculptor and watercolorist. Eugenie Gershoy was born in Krivoy Rog, Russia (Krivoi Rog, Ukraine) and emigrated to New York City in the United States as a child in 1903. Considered somewhat of a child prodigy, Gershoy was copying Old Master drawings at the age of 5. Her interest and talent in art was encouraged from a very young age. Aided by scholarships, she studied at the Art Students League under Alexander Stirling Calder, Leo Lentelli, Kenneth Hayes Miller, and Boardman Robinson. Around this time, she created a group of portrait figurines of her fellow artists, including Arnold Blanch, Lucile Blanch, Raphael Soyer, William Zorach, Concetta Scaravaglione, and Emil Ganso, which were exhibited as a group at the Whitney Museum of American Art. At age 17, she was awarded the Saint-Gaudens Medal for fine draughtsmanship. Early in her career she became an active member of the Woodstock art colony. In Woodstock she experimented by sculpting in the profusion of indigenous materials that she found. Working with fieldstone, oak and chestnut, Gershoy created works based on classic formulae. As she became more interested in the dynamism of everyday life, she found that these materials and her idiom were too restrictive. By the time Gershoy came to Woodstock in 1921 her own individual artistic style was already evident in her sculptures. Eugenie Gershoy worked in stone, bronze, terracotta, plaster and papier-mache. Gershoy’s sculptures were mainly figurative in nature and many of her artist peers such as Carl Walters, Raphael and Moses Soyer, William Zorach and Lucille Blanch, became her subjects. Eugenie Gershoy’s works on paper should not be overlooked. She was the winner of the Gaudens Medal for Fine Draughtsmanship at the tender age of 17. Gershoy married Jewish Romanian-born artist Harry Gottlieb. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, the pair kept a studio in Woodstock, New York. There, Gershoy was influenced by sculptor John Flanagan, who lived and worked nearby. From 1936 to 1939, Gershoy worked for the WPA Federal Art Project. She collaborated with Max Spivak on murals for the children's recreation room of the Queens Borough Public Library in Astoria, New York. She developed a mixture of wheat paste, plaster, and egg tempera, which she used in polychrome papier-mâché sculptures; she was the only New York sculptor to work in polychrome at this time. She also designed cement and mosaic sculptures of animals and figures to be placed in New York City playgrounds. Alongside others employed by the FAP, she participated in a sit-down strike in Washington, DC, to advocate for better pay and improved working conditions for the projects' artists. Gershoy's first solo exhibition was held at the Robinson Gallery in New York in 1940. She moved to San Francisco in 1942, and began teaching ceramics at the California School of Fine Arts in 1946. In 1950, she studied at the artists' colony at Yaddo. Gershoy traveled extensively throughout her life. She visited England and France in the early 1930s, and worked in Paris in 1951. She traveled to Mexico and Guatemala in the late 1940s, and also toured Africa, India, and the Orient in 1955. In 1977, Gershoy dedicated a sculpture to Audrey McMahon, who was actively involved in the creation of the Federal Art Project and served as its regional director in New York, in recognition of the work McMahon provided struggling artists in the 1930s. Gershoy's work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her papers are held at Syracuse University Grant Arnold introduced her to lithography in 1930 and Gershoy depicted many scenes of Woodstock artists and their daily activities through this medium. From 1942 to 1966 Gershoy lived and painted in San Francisco where she taught at the San Francisco Art Institute. She traveled extensively, filling sketchbooks with scenes of Mexico, France, Spain, Africa and India. During her later years Eugenie Gershoy returned to New York City and concentrated on numerous well received exhibitions. Her last exhibition in at Sid Deutsch Gallery included many of the sculptures that were later exhibited in the Fletcher Gallery. John Russell, former chief critic of fine arts for the New York Times, writes about the 1986 Sid Deutsch exhibition: “As Eugenie Gershoy won the Saint-Gaudens Medal for fine draftsmanship as long ago as 1914 and since 1967 has had 15 papier-mache portrait figures suspended from the ceiling of the lobby of the Hotel Chelsea, she must be ranked as a veteran of the New York scene. Her present exhibition includes not only the high-spirited papier-mache sculptures for which she is best known but a group of small portraits of artists, mostly dating from the 30’s, that is strongly evocative.” Eugenie Gershoy is an artist to take note of for several reasons. She was a woman who received great awards and recognition during a time when most female artists were struggling to hold their own against their male counterparts. As a young girl she won a scholarship to the Arts Student League where she met Hannah Small...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Joy of Life sculpture
Located in Greenwich, CT
This joyous in the round bronze can turn on its base, making for dramatic presentation and enjoyment that is interactive. It is based on the idea of the Three Graces which is often...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Nude Walking, Early 20th Century Bronze Sculpture, Cleveland School Artist
Located in Beachwood, OH
Max Kalish (American, 1891-1945) Nude Walking, 1930 Bronze Signed and dated on base 17 x 9 x 4 inches Born in Poland March 1, 1891, figurative sculptor Max Kalish came to the United...
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1930s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Untitled (Hulda Goeller)
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This sculpture is part of our exhibition Charles Goeller: A Wistful Loneliness. Carved and painted wood and gesso, 23 x 15 3/4 x 3 inches, Signed verso "Carved by Charles L. Goeller...
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1930s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Gesso, Wood

Frog singing on a log, Original Naturalistic Wood Sculpture
Located in Boston, MA
Frog singing on a log 2.0 x 5.0 x 10.0, 1.0 lbs Wood Hand signed by artist Artist's Commentary: "Whimsical frog singing in harmony on a log, as content as can be. This sculpture...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Wood

Centaur Bronze Sculpture
Located in Brookville, NY
Charles Cary Rumsey attended Harvard University, studied art in Paris at the Academie Julian and at Boston School of Fine Art under Bela Pratt. His public works are found worldwide, such as the frieze at the Manhattan Bridge, Zion Park...
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1910s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Kossack
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This sculpture is part of our exhibition America Coast to Coast: Artists of the 1930s Kossack, c. late 1930s, polychromed cedar and walnut relief sculpture, carved signature under the base of the figure, 15 x 8 x 3 1/2 inches (figure), 10 x 19 inches (board), exhibited at Zeidler's solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art, November - December, 1942 (label verso), label verso reads "Kossack / cedar & walnut / Avis Zeidler" About the Sculpture Kossack is typical of Aviz Zeidler’s direct carved wood sculptures of the 1930s. The subject looks directly at the viewer, unfeeling behind a polychromed stare. Seemingly influenced by two of her major teachers, California’s Ralph Stackpole and New York’s William Zorach, Zeidler drew on primitive traditions to create what one critic described as her “gruesome wood sculptures.” Rigid, solid, and unmoving are other words that characterize Zeidler’s statues which often seem to have the deeply rooted ancient power of a totem. Zeidler’s “grimacing artificiality does, indeed, manage to hold a sense of force,” is how The San Francisco Examiner art critic put it in 1938 when describing the artist’s award-winning entry at the San Francisco Art Museum. The same words could have applied to Kossack when it was exhibited at the museum four years later. Perhaps the artist was trying to contain the power of the fearsome Kossacks, the enemy of so many Eastern European peasants, by freezing the image in wood. About the Artist Avis Zeidler (Nemkoff) was a California-based artist who is principally known for her sculpture and drawings. She was born in Madison, Wisconsin, but moved to Northern California by the late 1920s where she majored in art at Berkely and studied with Lucien Labaudt, Ray Boynton...
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1940s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Wood

The Test, Assembled Kinetic Modernist Sculpture Puzzle Construction
Located in Surfside, FL
"The Test," 1970 Aluminum sculpture in 5 parts. Artist's cipher and AP stamped into male figure, front, 20 5/16" x 12 1/2" x 6 5/7" (approx.) American sculptor King is most noted for his long-limbed figurative public art sculptures depicting people engaged in everyday activities such as reading or conversing. He created his busts and figures in a variety of materials, including clay, wood, metal, and textiles. William Dickey King was born in Jacksonville, Florida. As a boy, William made model airplanes and helped his father and older brother build furniture and boats. He came to New York, where he attended the Cooper Union and began selling his early sculptures even before he graduated. He later studied with the sculptor Milton Hebald and traveled to Italy on a Fulbright grant. Mr. King worked in clay, wood, bronze, vinyl, burlap and aluminum. He worked both big and small, from busts and toylike figures to large public art pieces depicting familiar human poses — a seated, cross-legged man reading; a Western couple (he in a cowboy hat, she in a long dress) holding hands; a tall man reaching down to tug along a recalcitrant little boy; a crowd of robotic-looking men walking in lock step. Mr. King’s work often reflected the times, taking on fashions and occasional politics. In the 1960s and 1970s, his work featuring African-American figures (including the activist Angela Davis, with hands cuffed behind her back) evoked his interest in civil rights. But for all its variation, what unified his work was a wry observer’s arched eyebrow, the pointed humor and witty rue of a fatalist. His figurative sculptures, often with long, spidery legs and an outlandishly skewed ratio of torso to appendages, use gestures and posture to suggest attitude and illustrate his own amusement with the unwieldiness of human physical equipment. His subjects included tennis players and gymnasts, dancers and musicians, and he managed to show appreciation of their physical gifts and comic delight at their contortions and costumery. His suit-wearing businessmen often appeared haughty or pompous; his other men could seem timid or perplexed or awkward. Oddly, or perhaps tellingly, he tended to depict women more reverentially, though in his portrayals of couples the fragility and tender comedy inherent in couplehood settled equally on both partners. His first solo exhibit took place in 1954 at the Alan Gallery in New York City. King was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2003, and in 2007 the International Sculpture Center honored him with the Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. Mr. King’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Hirshorn Museum at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, among other places, and he had dozens of solo gallery shows in New York and elsewhere. Reviews of his exhibitions frequently began with the caveat that even though the work was funny, it was also serious, displaying superior technical skills, imaginative vision and the bolstering weight of a range of influences, from the ancient Etruscans to American folk art to 20th-century artists including Giacometti, Calder and Elie Nadelman. The New York Times critic Holland Cotter once described Mr. King’s sculpture as “comical-tragical-maniacal,” and “like Giacomettis conceived by John Cheever.”
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1970s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Metal

Three Dancers
Located in Santa Fe, NM
"A beautiful work, full of Hebald's lyrical expression." To my knowledge, as the representative for the life works of Milton Hebald, (and through extensive research over the past 20...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Native American Indian Woman and Baby
Located in San Francisco, CA
This artwork "Native American Indian Woman and Baby" c.2000 is an original cast paper bas relief by noted Swedish/American artist Carlo Wa...
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Early 2000s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Other Medium

Lady with Bird
Located in San Francisco, CA
This artwork "Woman with Bird" c.2000 is an original cast paper bas relief by noted Swedish/American artist Carlo Wahlbeck, b. 1933. It is hand signed a...
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Early 2000s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Other Medium

Female Tightrope Acrobat (Circus, Whimsical, Viola Frey, Delicate, Playful, Fun)
Located in Kansas City, MO
Ann Rothman Female Tightrope Acrobat (Circus, Whimsical, Viola Frey, Delicate, Playful, Fun, Cirque du Soleil, The Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey) 2021 Porcelain, Low Fire Glazes, C...
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2010s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Crayon, Watercolor, Porcelain, Glaze

Purple Ballarina (Circus, Whimsical, Viola Frey, Cirque du Soleil, Ringling)
Located in Kansas City, MO
Ann Rothman Purple Ballarina (Circus, Whimsical, Viola Frey, Delicate, Playful, Fun, Cirque du Soleil, The Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey) 2022 Porcelain,...
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2010s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Porcelain, Glaze, Crayon, Watercolor

GOLDEN JESUS
Located in Santa Fe, NM
To my knowledge, as the representative for the life works of Milton Hebald, (and through extensive research over the past 20 years) this is a unique casting - not part of an edition,...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze, Gold Leaf

Rare Belgian Marble Jewish American Modernist Sculpture Chaim Gross Art Deco
Located in Surfside, FL
This is a wonderful original hand carved unique marble sculpture by one of America's most treasured artists, Chaim Gross. For more than sixty years Chaim Gross's art has expressed op...
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20th Century American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Marble

Large Oil Painting Of Cartoony Camouflage Tank in Illustration Style
Located in Surfside, FL
Seymour Chwast (born August 18, 1931) is an American graphic designer, illustrator, and type designer. Chwast was born in Bronx, New York, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cooper Union in 1951. With Milton Glaser, Edward Sorel...
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20th Century American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Paint, Board

Industrial Machine Age American Scene WPA Mid 20th Century 1939 SF World's Fair
Located in New York, NY
Industrial Machine Age American Scene WPA Mid 20th Century 1939 SF World's Fair HAIG PATIGIAN (American/Armenian, 1876-1950) Aeronautics Pediments Two Plaster Casts, c. 1930s each 13.25 x 14.75 x 6 inches It's possible these moquettes were created for the 1939 World's Fair, the Golden Gate International Exhibition in San Francisco. Provenance: Private Collection of Lois M. Wright, Author of "A Catalogue of the Life Works of Haig Patigian, San Francisco Sculptor, 1876-1950),” 1967 Loan to Oakland Museum of California (Oakland, CA) BIO Haig Patigian is noted for his classical works, which are especially numerous in public venues in San Francisco, California. Patigian was born in Van, Armenia, which at that time was under Turkish rule. Haig was the son of Avedis and Marine Patigian, both teachers in the American Mission School there. He and his older brother showed an aptitude for art early on and were encouraged by their parents. Their father himself had taken up the new hobby of photography. The 1880s were harsh times, however, for many Armenians under an oppressive rule by the Turkish government. Many people were fleeing to the safety of the United States. Suspicious Turkish authorities accused his father of photographing city structures for the Russian government, and in 1888 he fled for his life to America. Haigs father made his way to Fresno, California, and began life anew as a ranch hand. Within two years he sent for his wife, as well as Haig, his three sisters and brother, and in 1891 the Patigians made the journey from Armenia. Haigs father, an industrious man, worked on various farms, and eventually bought his own ranch and vineyard. It was among fertile farmland of Fresno that Haig grew up. Young Haigs education consisted of teachings by his parents and by intermittent attendance in public schools. Although he had dreams of becoming an artist, he did not have the opportunity for formal study of art, and began working long days in the vineyards around Fresno. At age seventeen, Haig made a step towards his dreams and apprenticed himself to learn the trade of sign painting. In his spare time he nurtured his interest in art by painting nature and life scenes with watercolors and oil paints. When his sign-painting mentor left Fresno, Haig opened his own shop and made a name for himself in the town. San Francisco, in the meantime, had been attracting artists since the Gold Rush and had become a thriving art center. Within a few years, Haig had put aside several hundred dollars to move to San Francisco, joining his brother who was already working there as an illustrator. In 1899, when he was twenty-three, Haig had saved enough money to enroll at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute in San Francisco. Like many aspiring artists of his time, Patigian supported himself by working as a staff artist in the art department of a local newspaper, and in the winter of 1900, nearing his 24th birthday, Haig began work for the San Francisco Bulletin, producing cartoons, black and white illustrations, as well as watercolors. In 1902 tragedy struck Haig and his family. His 29-year-old brother died of pneumonia, and then his frail mother died a short time later. Five months more saw his youngest sister, just out of high school, die too. Saddened and depressed, Haig moved out of the studio he had shared with his brother, and into a dilapidated studio in a poor section of town. During this time of sadness, Haig fed a growing interest in sculpture. In 1904 Haig created what he later called his "first finished piece in sculpture". The work, called "The Unquiet Soul", depicted a man thrown back against a rock while waves lash at his feet. The body was tense and twisted, with one hand, in Haig's own words, "searchingly leaning and clutching the rock, while the other masks his troubled head". The Press Club of San Francisco, which Haig had joined in 1901, put "The Unquiet Soul" on exhibition and local headlines proclaimed "Local Newspaper Artist Embraces Sculptor's Art", and "First Work Predicts Brilliant Future". With the support of friends and community acclaim, the young illustrator left his newspaper job and became a professional sculptor. The path of his new career was not easy though. Haig had never made much money working for the newspaper and his father needed help with growing debt from funeral expenses and business problems. From time to time Haig sold some artwork, but also occasionally borrowed from friends to pay the rent. He was the classic 'starving artist'. In the spring of 1905 a white-bearded 81-year-old stranger knocked on Haig's door. It was George Zehndner, from Arcata, California. Zehndner had been born in Bavaria, Germany in 1824, the son of a farmer. In 1849 he had come to America looking for prosperity, settling in Indiana, where he worked on a farm and learned English. He found his way to the West Coast in 1852. Penniless, he worked in various jobs from San Francisco to Sacramento, then found some luck working in the gold fields of Weaverville in Trinity County, and eventually moving to a farm on 188 acres near Arcata. In his 77th year in May of 1901, Zahndner had taken a trip to San Jose, where he stood in a crowd to see a man he thought much of, President William McKinley. McKinley was popular as 'the first modern president' partially because he realized going out to meet the common person increased his support. In September of that year, however, an anarchist assassinated the president while he stood in a receiving line at the Pan-American Exhibition in Buffalo, New York. Soon after, the city of San Jose erected a statue of the slain president in St. James Park. Zehndner took a second trip to San Jose where he visited the McKinley monument. Touched, Zehndner decided that, no matter the cost, his town of Arcata too would memorialize McKinley. George Zehndner had read about Haig in a newspaper article and asked if Patigian would create a heroic statue of the late President McKinley for Arcata. When asked how much it would cost, Haig responded, despite his borderline poverty, with the fabulous sum of $15,000. Zehndner agreed. The President was to be portrayed standing, wearing an overcoat, with his feet planted squarely on the ground. In the finished statue, one hand is held out before him in a typical posture of speaking, with the other hand holding the speech as his side. The 9-foot statue...
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1930s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Plaster

Mongolian Dancer bronze sculpture by Malvina Hoffman
Located in Hudson, NY
Cellini Bronze Works, NY cast. Inscribed base edge. Edition unknown. Malvina Hoffman conceived the Mongolian Dancer in 1932, as part of her Races of Ma...
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Early 20th Century American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Girl on a Buick Painting on Metal Cut Out Sculpture Wall Hanging
Located in Surfside, FL
Seymour Chwast, B. 1931, American, 'Girl on a Buick', Painted Sheet Metal. A label on the reverse reads: "Seymour Chwast, 'Girl on a Buick', Metal Cut-Out, $2,000" Provenance: Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery, Kent CT Seymour Chwast (born August 18, 1931) is an American graphic designer, illustrator, and type designer. Chwast was born in Bronx, New York, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cooper Union in 1951. With Milton Glaser, Edward Sorel, and Reynold Ruffins, he founded Push Pin Studios in 1954. Often referred to as "the left-handed designer," Chwast's unique graphic design melded social commentary and a distinctive style of illustration. Today, he continues to work and is principal at The Pushpin Group, Inc. in New York City. In 1979, he was hired by McDonald's to design on the first box for their Happy Meals. He is the font designer of Chwast Buffalo, Fofucha, Loose Caboose NF, and Weedy Beasties NF. He is a member of Alliance Graphique International (AGI). In the pantheon of American (nay, world) illustration, he stands, albeit slightly shorter and a little more rumpled, beside N.C. Wyeth, J. C. Leyendecker, and Normal Rockwell...
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20th Century American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Metal

David Hostetler Jazz Singer Carved Pale Wood Sculpture Female Contemporary
Located in Nantucket, MA
Jazz Singer V is carved white oak from David Hostetler's Ohio property. It was inspired by his wife Susan, who would sing in Club Davd- his jazz club a...
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Early 2000s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Oak

"Sharon" Life-size Brass Sculpture by Robert Lee Morris
Located in Pasadena, CA
In front of Robert Lee Morris's Beverly Hills store in 1993 stood this unique life-size brass sculpture of a nude woman with a bob cut, dressed only with luxurious jewelry. The sculp...
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1990s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Brass

Isabella
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting an original carved wood sculpture by American WPA artist Avis Zeidler Nemkoff. "Isabella", is a hand carved wood sculpture measuring 18.5 inches tall, exceptional original condition, originally acquired from the estate of the artist who resided in Northern California. This is a magnificent one of a kind hand carved wood sculpture, c.1938. Please contact the gallery for additional information •Avis Zeidler was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1908. •It is not known when Zeidler moved to California. However, in the 1930s she majored in art at the University of California. •Later, she enrolled at the California School of Fine Arts after receiving a scholarship for her studies there. She studied with Ray Boynton, Lucien Labaudt, Karl Eugen Neuhaus, and Ralph Stackpole...
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1930s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Wood

Bronze Abstract Space Age Book Sculpture LA California Modernist Charna Rickey
By Charna Rickey
Located in Surfside, FL
Charna Rickey 1923 - 2000 Mexican-American Jewish Woman artist. Signed Bronze House of Books, Architecture Bronze sculpture, signed Charna Rickey and on the front "House of the book." It depicts an open Torah. Original patina. Approx. dimensions: 7 in. H x 9 in. W x 8.5 in. D. Weight: 13.1 lbs. Modernist Judaica Sculpture Born Charna Barsky (Charna Ysabel or Isabel Rickey Barsky) in Chihuahua, Mexico, the future artist lived in Hermosillo and immigrated to Los Angeles when she was 11. She was educated at UCLA and Cal State L.A., she married furniture retailer David Rickey and explored art while raising their three daughters. Moving through phases in terra cotta, bronze, marble and aluminum, she found success later in life. Rickey became one of the original art teachers at Everywoman's Village, a pioneering learning center for women established by three housewives in Van Nuys in 1963. She also taught sculpture at the University of Judaism from 1965 to 1981. As Rickey became more successful, her sculptures were exhibited in such venues as Artspace Gallery in Woodland Hills and the Courtyard of Century Plaza Towers as part of a 1989 Sculpture Walk produced by the Los Angeles Arts Council. Her sculptures have also found their way into the private collections of such celebrities as Sharon Stone. Another of Rickey's international creations originally stood at Santa Monica College. In 1985, her 12-foot-high musical sculpture shaped like the Hebrew letter "shin" was moved to the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The free standing architectural Judaic aluminum work has strings that vibrate in the wind to produce sounds. Rickey also created art pieces for the city of Brea. They commissioned some amazing art pieces by Laddie John Dill, Walter Dusenbery, Woods Davy, Rod Kagan, Pol Bury, Niki de Saint Phalle, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Larry Bell, John Okulick...
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20th Century American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

Reclining Boy
Located in Boston, MA
Initialed and dated: "DVT 61". From the estate of the artist. In fine condition.
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Bronze Sculpture American Modernist Art Stanley Bleifeld Girl with Bass or Cello
Located in Surfside, FL
Retaining a fine patina and in overall good condition. Signed with initials SB. I believe the edition size was 7 But I cannot find a mark. Stanley Bleifeld (1924 – 2011) was an American sculptor. Stanley Bleifeld was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Bleifeld earned bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of science in education and in 1949 a master of fine arts degree in painting at Tyler School of Art of Temple University. After a trip to Rome in 1959 or 1960 he gave up painting for sculpture. He began his fine-art career as a painter. However, a visit to Italy and exposure to the bronzes of Donatello, Michelangelo, and Ghiberti changed his direction He worked with the Art Foundry of Massimo del Chiaro and alongside artists such as Lucchesi, Harry Marinsky, Fernando Botero, Igor Mitoraj and Ivan Theimer. Many of his early pieces were religious subjects, and reflected both painting and sculptural techniques in bas reliefs* that had "liquid landscapes in undulating reliefs and free-flowing portraits reminiscent of classical fragments" (166-167). He later turned from these abstract pieces to more realistic figures in bronze. Bleifeld was a National Academician in Sculpture, and a member of the National Academy of Design, and helped set policy for that organization. He was also President of the National Sculpture Society. Past presidents of the society have included John Quincy Adams Ward, James Earle Fraser, Chester Beach, Wheeler Williams, Leo Friedlander, Neil Estern, and Cecil de Blaquiere Howard. The first woman to gain admission into the NSS was Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson, in 1893. She was followed a few years later by Enid Yandell and Bessie Potter Vonnoh in 1898; Janet Scudder in 1904; Anna Hyatt Huntington in 1905 and Evelyn Longman and Abastenia St. Leger Eberle in 1906. In 1946, Richmond Barthé was likely the first African-American to be admitted. In 1994, the NSS held their first exhibition outside the United States at the Palazzo Mediceo Di Seravezza in Italy. Titled “100 Years of the National Sculpture Society of the United States of America in Italy” it ran from the 16th of July through the 4th of September and was curated by Nicky and Stanley Bleifeld along with Costantino Paolicchi, Lodovico Gierut and Paolo Giorgi. Among the 60 notable American sculptors whose work was selected for the exhibition were Stanley Bleifeld, Andrew DeVries, Neil Estern, Leonda Finke, Bruno Lucchesi, Barbara Lekberg...
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1970s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Marble Head of a Woman
By Jose de Creeft
Located in Greenwich, CT
A lovely size marble that can go on any table. The marble was specifically chosen and has wonderful texture and contrast between the polished and rough areas. Head of a Woman is ins...
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1950s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Marble

Joseph Kosuth American Artist Original Hand Signed engraving, lithograph
Located in Miami, FL
Joseph Kosuth (United States, 1945) 'El mapa de Miranda y la disciplina de Nietzsche', 2004 engraving, lithograph on stone 19.7 x 27.6 in. (50 x 70...
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2010s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Stone

Buffalo, Silver Sculpture by Arnold Goldstein
Located in Long Island City, NY
Silver cast metal sculpture of an American buffalo created by American artist Arnold Goldstein. This artwork has the signature inscribed on the belly.
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1970s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Metal

Mustang, Bronze Sculpture by Arnold Goldstein
Located in Long Island City, NY
Bronze sculpture of a wild mustang horse created by American artist Arnold Goldstein. This artwork has the signature and numbering inscribed. Numbered...
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1970s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Bronze Bust Of A Young Woman
By Kevin Berlin
Located in Lake Worth Beach, FL
Bust Of A Young Woman Bronze sculpture signed by the artist inside the cast and dated 1988, 1st cast in London. Kevin Berlin is an international arti...
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1980s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Harmony, 20th century bronze & green marble base, nude man and woman with lyre
Located in Beachwood, OH
Max Kalish (American, 1891-1945) Harmony, c. 1930 Bronze with green marble base Incised signature on right upper side of base 14 x 9 x 5 inches, excluding base 17 x 10 x 8 inches, including base Born in Poland March 1, 1891, figurative sculptor Max Kalish came to the United States in 1894, his family settling in Ohio. A talented youth, Kalish enrolled at the Cleveland Institute of Art as a fifteen-year-old, receiving a first-place award for modeling the figure during studies with Herman Matzen. Kalish went to New York City following graduation, studying with Isidore Konti...
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1930s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

Virasat Curved, figurative bronze mantle piece
Located in Greenwich, CT
A remarkable and unique format bronze of unique cast that could be great for a mantle or console table. In Robert Cook's book entitled “Waxing and Waning” he discusses three castings...
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Early 2000s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Stone, Bronze

"Pioneer Family" WPA American Modernism Plaster Maquette Realism 20th Century
Located in New York, NY
"Pioneer Family," 23 1/2 x 16 1/4 x 10 3/4 inPlaster. c. 1927. Unsigned. Realism The Smithsonian has a cast of this sculpture in its collection. Pictured on the cover of “The Sculpt...
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1920s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Plaster

Hen, Gilded Hen in Polished Bronze
Located in Brookville, NY
This Sculpture "Hen" by William Zorach in polished bronze is numbered 3/6 although according to the artist son, only 4 were ever cast. Executed in 1946, signed on the reverse and nu...
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1940s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Polo (Wall Plaque)
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Polo (Wall Plaque) Polychromed ceramic, c. 1930-1931 Signed with the artist's initials: VS recto Cowan Pottery stamp verso References And Exhibitions: Designed by the artist while working for Cowan Pottery in 1930. One of Cowan's clients, an interior designer, requested plates decorated with different outdoor activities. Others in the series included "Swimming," "Tennis," "Golf," and "The Hunt." Condition: with the usual craquelure Size: 11 1/4 inches in diameter Industrial design democratizes high style, and Mr. Schreckengost was widely considered among the most democratic industrial designers. He made, quite literally, the stuff of life — things found routinely in homes, backyards and garages in this country and around the world. He designed bicycles for Sears and everyday china for American Limoges. He designed children’s toys and pedal cars; flashlights, furniture and fans; lawn chairs, lawn mowers...
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1930s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Ceramic

Evening Paper, Modern sculpture by Bruno Lucchesi
Located in Long Island City, NY
A Modern figurative sculpture by Bruno Lucchesi of a man reading his even paper with fascination. Evening Paper Bruno Lucchesi, Italian (1926) Date: 1961 Bronze Sculpture, signed Si...
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1960s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Renegade
Located in Denver, CO
Ed. 3/6 Artist Brad Rude was born in Montana and has lived in Walla Walla, Washington most of his life. His journeys through his grandfather's folk art st...
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2010s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Enamel, Bronze

Bronze Modernist Sculpture Portrait, Leo Stein by Minna Harkavy WPA Artist
Located in Surfside, FL
Minna Rothenberg Harkavy (1895-1987) Estonian-American This is not signed bronze portrait bust Provenance: Estate of the artist by descent Minna Harkavy (1887 – 1987) (birth occasionally listed as 1895) was a Jewish American sculptor born in Estonia to Yoel and Hannah Rothenberg and immigrated to the United States around 1900. She studied at the Art Students League, at Hunter College and in Paris with Antoine Bourdelle. Harkavy was a WPA Federal Art Project artist, for whom she created a 1942 wood relief piece, Industry and Landscape of Winchendon for the post office in Winchendon, Massachusetts. She was a founding member of the Sculptors Guild and showed a work, My Children are Desolate Because the Enemy Prevailed in the Second Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition Negro Head in the 1940-1941 and Woman in Thought in 1941. Harkavy was an early feminist, a founding member of the New York Society of Women Artists. Politically she was known as a leftist and anti-fascist with a strong social consciousness. In 1931 she exhibited a bust of Hall Johnson in the Museum of Western Art in Moscow and the work was purchased for the Pushkin Museum there. Abraham, Walkowitz sat for a portrait by her. In 1932 she represented the John Reed Club at an anti-war conference in Amsterdam. A bust of Italian- American anti-fascist (and her lover) Carlo Tresca who was assassinated in New York in 1943 was installed in his birthplace of Sulmona, Italy. She showed at Associated American Artists gallery, along with Max Weber, Waldo Peirce...
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Early 20th Century American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Walking Puma
Located in Brookville, NY
Charles Rumsey Puma is one of most recognized of small sculptures by the artist. The estate of artist Charles Rumsey has been represented by Lynda Ander...
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1910s American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Bronze Architectural Model Sculpture Tempio Bretton Architecture Maquette
Located in Surfside, FL
TEMPIO BRETTON: from the catalogue MONUMENTA, 19th International Sculpture Biennale, Antwerp, Belgium. Tempio Bretton was created in homage to the celebrated English landscapist Capability Brown for the occasion of an exhibition at Bretton Hall in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park , a park in the style of the great master of English garden design. The inclusion in the English garden of a temple ruin, or "eye-catcher," (architectural folly) was used to draw the eye and mind to a focus in time and space, present the beholder with an immediate relationship to an historic past made new within his or her own surroundings, and create a depth of space never before seen in garden design. I took the idea of the temple ruin eye-catcher and reduced it to a scale at the point where architecture and sculpture merged. Tempio Bretton is not capacious enough to walk into, yet it is considerably larger than a man. One view of it presents a knot of golden columns clustered together, topped by a dome shape. The only clue from this side to the temple's non-conformity to historic principle is a sharp notch cut into the square base. Viewed from the opposite side, the cluster of columns capped by an angular top opens up as if to welcome someone in, yet the mysterious core is still impenetrable. These contradictions articulate a confrontation between past and present, and an exciting truth. The past is always at the heart of our constructions in the present. Walter Dusenbery...
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20th Century American Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

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