PRESENTING A STUNNING Sleeping Baby Bronze by Charles Umlauf.
A WONDERFUL piece of contemporary American Sculpture by a famous American/Texas Sculptor.
It features a dark bronze patinated sculpture of a sleeping baby sucking his thumb, whilst reclining on a rocky stone plinth.
No doubting the sex of this one …. clearly a male !
Lovely natural patina with hints of green oxidization.
The sculpture sits on a creme composite marble plinth with a chip to the back rear but this does not adversely affect the piece.
A STUNNING PIECE BY A HIGHLY DESIRABLE AND SOUGHT AFTER ARTIST !
Charles Umlauf (July 17, 1911 – November 19, 1994) was an American sculptor and teacher who was born in South Haven, Michigan. His sculptures can be found in churches, numerous public institutions, outdoor locations, and museums, including the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as well as in many private collections. Umlauf received a number of accolades, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Grant.
In 1941 Umlauf accepted a position at the University of Texas School of Art in Austin, Texas, where he taught for 40 years. Artists teaching at UT included Loren Mozley, Everett Spruce, Kelly Fearing, Seymour Fogel, and William Lester. Umlauf retired as Professor Emeritus in 1981. In 1985, he and his wife Angeline Allen Umlauf gave their Austin home, Umlauf’s studio, and 168 sculptures to the City of Austin. Based on this gift and considerable community support, the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum was founded and opened its doors in 1991 as at 605 Azie Morton Road in Austin, Texas. The UMLAUF is a private–public partnership with the City of Austin.
During his tenure at the University of Texas, Charles Umlauf taught many art students, including Farrah Fawcett. Fawcett, an art major, called Umlauf her “favorite professor” and they began a close mentoring relationship. Fawcett took classes and worked with Umlauf in his studio, as well as occasionally sitting for him as a muse. Her sculpture work is similar to Umlauf’s in style. Work by Fawcett was exhibited at the UMLAUF in 2017 in the Mentoring a Muse exhibition. Another of his pupils was Bob “Daddy-O” Wade, who studied at the University of Texas from 1961-65, and later became famous for his larger-than-life sized works inspired by Texan cowboy culture.
Sleeping Baby Bronze by Charles Umlauf.
Provenance: From the Estate of a Former Manhattan Art Dealer who relocated to Dallas in the 1980’s.
Condition: The bronze is in super original condition with naturally aged patina. The composite marble base has a chip off the back left base.
Dimensions: 4.75 inches tall, 9.4 inches wide and 6.7 inches deep.