Donald De Lue

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The Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves (1953-56), Omaha Beach Memorial, Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

Donald Harcourt De Lue (October 5, 1897, Boston, Massachusetts – August 26, 1988, Leonardo, New Jersey) was an American sculptor, best known for his public monuments.[1]

Life and career[edit]

De Lue studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and later served as an assistant to sculptors Richard Recchia and Robert P. Baker. This was followed by five years in Paris where he continued his study, while working as an assistant to various French artists. He returned to the United States where he was engaged by Bryant Baker. In 1940 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full Academician in 1943.

In 1941, De Lue won a competition to create sculpture for the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse Building in Philadelphia, and from then on he stopped being an assistant for other artists and only worked on his own commissions and creations.

De Lue's works can be found in many museums across America. Like many other sculptors of his generation, he executed architectural works. He was also a prolific designer of medals and medallions.

De Lue taught at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design in New York City during the early 1940s. In 1960, he won two Henry Hering Awards, given by the National Sculpture Society for outstanding collaboration between a sculptor and an architect, for the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, and for the Stations of the Cross at the Loyola Jesuit Seminary in Shrub Oak, New York.

In 1967, De Lue won the American Numismatic Society's J. Sanford Saltus Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of the Medal, known as the Saltus Award.

Beginning in 1964, for many years De Lue was a Trustee of Brookgreen Gardens, as well as Chairman of the Art Committee.[2]

In his later years, De Lue and his wife Naomi (who served as a model for many of his statues) lived in the Leonardo section of Middletown Township, New Jersey, a small shore town with a bayside beach and long-distance view of lower Manhattan.[3] De Lue cited the 23rd Psalm and the words "He leadeth me beside the still waters..." as the inspiration by which he arrived in Leonardo from New York City. Although he continued to maintain his NYC apartment, it was in his Leonardo studio that many of his largest statues were made. One of the last was a commission by a private individual intended for the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. The bigger-than-life statue of Bowie, Travis and Crockett was considered "too violent" by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas for placement in a sacred chapel. A compromise was sought, that the statue be installed outside the building in the large courtyard rather than inside. DeLue and his patron, a wealthy Texan, preferred the statue be installed in the interior space for which it was made. Unfortunately, the impasse was never resolved in De Lue's lifetime.

Donald and Naomi De Lue are buried in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey.

Selected works[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ Howlett, D. Roger, The Sculpture of Donald De Lue: Gods, Prophets and Heroes, David R. Godine, Publisher, Boston, 1990
  2. ^ Rawls, ed., Walton (1988). A Century of American Sculpture: treasures from Brookgreen Gardens. New York: Abbeville Press. p. 128. ISBN 0-89659-877-2. 
  3. ^ Stattel, Erin O. " From monumental to medallions, exhibit showcases De Lue's work; Leonardo sculptor known for powerful human figures", The Hub, August 6, 2009. Accessed August 29, 2013. "De Lue, best known for his sculpture 'Rocket Thrower,' showcased at the 1964 New York World's Fair, was originally from Boston but took up residence in the Leonardo section of Middletown after seeking more space for his sculpting passion."
  4. ^ Statue of Triton by Donald De Lue, 1941, Federal Reserve Bank Building, Philadelphia
  5. ^ Spirit of American Youth by Donald De Lue, 1953-1956, at the U.S. Battle Monument, St. Laurent, Normandy, France
  6. ^ Statue / Monument of Boy Scout Memorial in Washington DC by Sculptor Donald DeLue, 1963
  7. ^ Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalog, item IAS 76009553
  8. ^ Rocket Thrower by Donald De Lue, 1964, at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, New York City
  9. ^ George Washington Kneeling in Prayer
  10. ^ Quest Eternal
  11. ^ The Mountaineer by Donald De Lue, 1971, on the campus of West Virginia University, Morgantown
  12. ^ Louisiana State Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park by Donald De Lue, 1971
  13. ^ Mississippi State Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park by Donald De Lue, 1973
  14. ^ Thomas Jefferson by Donald De Lue, 1975, at Wichita State University, Kansas

Further reading

  • Goode, James M. The Outdoor Sculpture of Washington D.C., Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C. 1974
  • Kvaran, Einar Einarsson, Architectural Sculpture in America, unpublished manuscript
  • Nishiura, Elizabeth, editor, American Battle Monuments: A Guide to Military Cemeteries and Monuments Maintained By the American Battle Monuments Commission, Omnigraphics Inc., Detroit, Michigan 1989
  • Proske, Beatrice Gilman, Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture, Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina, 1968

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