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 Donald Harcourt De Lue  (1897 - 1988)

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Lived/Active: New Jersey/New York/Massachusetts      Known for: portrait and figure sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A figurative sculptor known for monumental and commemorative bronzes portraying heroism and idealism, Donald De Lue served as President of the National Sculpture Society, was Chairman of the Art Committee for the Hall of Fame for Great Americans at New York University and was advertising editor for "American Artist" magazine.

Donald De Lue received his training at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School studying with Richard Recchia, Bela Pratt and Robert Baker. From 1943 to 1944, he had a Guggenheim Fellowship for study.

His sculpture are in many commemorative places including the U.S. Military Cemetery at Omaha Beach in France; in chapels at West Point Military Academy; the State of Mississippi Memorial at Gettysburg and the Prudential Center in Boston.

Sources include:
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

Biography from Childs Gallery:
Donald Harcourt De Lue is a 20th-century sculptor of monumental works in the Realist style. “His sculpture demonstrates artistic links to both Greco-Roman and late Renaissance sculptors,” writes sculptor Jonathan L. Fairbanks in the "American Figurative Sculpture Catalogue" by Katherine Lane Weems for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. “He emulated the exuberant gestures and energetic composition such as those found at Pergamum. The mature Michelangelo especially inspired De Lue to compose his figures with mannerist proportions, emphasized with highly articulated musculature. However, by combining these older influences with the ideas and techniques acquired during his French tour (taken after World War I where he was influenced by the work of the romantic sculptor Emile Antoine Bourdelle), De Lue developed his own synthesis. As he admitted, “Although my work is traditional, it is a tradition of my own’.”

De Lue, a child prodigy who apprenticed in his teens to American and British figurative sculptors, served as an assistant to American portrait artist, Bryant Baker from 1923-1938, During that period, De Lue created full-figure sculptures for Baker’s commissions. By 1930 he was creating sculptures of his own in his apartment.

Notable monuments De Lue created include his "Spirit of American Youth", a 22 foot high bronze dedicated to the American dead in Saint Laurent Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France; "Washington at Prayer, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania"; the "Soldiers and Sailors of the Confederacy"; the Louisiana; the Mississippi monuments at the Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania; the Special Warfare Memorial at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and the "Rocket Thrower" for the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

Donald De Lue received many honors during his career, including the Medal of Honor from the National Sculpture Society. He was a Guggenheim fellow (1943-1944), elected to the National Academy of Design (1943), elected president of the National Sculpture Society (1945-1947), and winner of the Harry Herring Medal of the National Sculpture Society and the Golden Plate Award of the National Academy of Achievement in 1964.

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