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Henry Van Wolf

 (1898 - 1982)
Henry Van Wolf was active/lived in California / Germany.  Henry Van Wolf is known for sculptor-Indian figure, portrait.

Henry Van Wolf

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The following is from Lee Blackinton Colvin:

Mr. Van Wolf was the President of the San Fernando Valley Professional
Artist's Guild in 1953. He resided in North Hollywood for a number of years
where he created the following sculptures: "Happy Family", Olivia De
Havilland". "Fighting Mountain Lions", and "Will Rogers." He worked out of a
large home which he used as his studio and lived in a small house next to the
large home studio. His sculpting ranged from small to over 60 feet high. I
saw a Bear on a ball that was that big. I believe the street he lived on was
Lankershim, but I am not sure of that.

I was very small when I knew Henry Van Wolf. He was from Germany, I believe, and spoke very softly. He was married and had one son that I know of. I knew this man when I was very young, around the ago of 5 years. So, some of my knowledge is vague.

He was commission by the City of Tarzana in the 60's to do a large sculpture
at the entrance to Tarzana on Lindley and Ventura Blvd. However, this was
canceled, I guess due to lack of funds.

He was a friend of my parents, George and Natalie Blackinton.
Henry Van Wolf was born in Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany and settled in Van Nuys, California. He studied at the Munich Art School with Ferdinand von Miller. In California, he became a prominent sculptor who also did WPA commission work.

Biography from the Archives of askART
Born in Regensburg, Bavaria on April 14, 1898. Van Wolf studied in Europe. He was a resident of NYC in 1940 and then settled in Los Angeles where he remained until his demise on Sept. 1, 1982. His work includes war memorials, bronze busts, medals, and doors. Exh: Europe, 1921-28; Brooklyn Museum, 1932; Calif. Art Club, 1944-52 (prizes); San Fernando Valley AA, 1940s; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1948-55 (prizes); Greek Theater (LA), 1962. In: U.S. Post Office (Fairport, NY); Bethlehem Steel Co. (NY).

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Who's Who in American Art 1940-70; Social Security Death Index (1940-2002).

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About  Henry Van Wolf

Born:  1898 - Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany
Died:   1982 - Los Angeles, California
Known for:  sculptor-Indian figure, portrait