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Clarence Percival Dietsch

 (1881 - 1961)
Clarence Percival Dietsch was active/lived in Connecticut, Florida / Italy.  Clarence Dietsch is known for landscape enhancement sculpture, easel and mural painting.

Clarence Percival Dietsch

Biography from Edward And Deborah Pollack Fine Art, LLC

Clarence Percival Dietsch (1881-1961), born in New York.
Clarence Percival Dietsch (better known as C. Percival Dietsch) maintained a studio on Peruvian Avenue, Palm Beach, and in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, in the off season.  He had studied at the American Academy in Rome and with William Merritt Chase and Attilio Piccirilli. An international prize winner, Dietsch became a member of the National Sculpture Society and the Architectural League in New York.

Dietsch, who won an honorable mention at the Panama Pacific Exposition in 1915, began to winter in Palm Beach for health reasons after serving in World War I.  The island offered creative employment opportunities since Dietsch’s aesthetic was perfectly in line with Addison Mizner’s who hired the sculptor to enhance many of his mansions, most notably, Playa Riente, which later became the Dodge estate.

Dietsch also painted murals, sculpted many Palm Beach stone fountains, and worked at Mizner Industries, creating designs for the various craftsmen to copy. He modeled a relief portrait of Mizner for art collector Dr. Preston Pope Satterwhite and his wife, which adorned the façade of the couple’s Mizner-built mansion.

A member of the Palm Beach Art League, Dietsch exhibited at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina, the Worth Avenue Gallery in the 1940's, and was also among the group who established The Society of the Four Arts in 1936.

A prize for excellence in sculpture in the round given by the National Sculpture Society is named for Dietsch.

Palm Beach Visual Arts by Deborah Pollack,
© Deborah Pollack, published by Pelican Publishing Company

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About  Clarence Percival Dietsch

Born:  1881 - New York
Died:   1961 - West Palm Beach, Florida
Known for:  landscape enhancement sculpture, easel and mural painting