During his highly distinguished career, Swiss sculptor François Stahly received numerous commissions for public works both in Europe and America, where Nelson Rockefeller was one of his greatest patrons.
Stahly spent his childhood in Switzerland. His Italian father and grandfather were both painters and strongly encouraged François to follow in their vocation. Though Stahly did not follow their interest in painting, he adopted an interest in the arts and attended art school in Zurich in 1926. At that time, the Bauhaus ideology dominated the avant-garde. While Stahly was inspired by the proclamations of a utopian harmony and universal equilibrium, he was not drawn to the movement's
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