Stanley Bleifeld

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Stanley Bleifeld (August 28, 1924 – March 26, 2011) was an American sculptor.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Bleifeld earned bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of science in education and in 1949 a master of fine arts degree in painting at Tyler School of Art of Temple University.[1][2] After a trip to Rome in 1959 or 1960 he gave up painting for sculpture.[1][3][4][5]


Bleifeld received the following awards: Sculptor of the Year in Pietrasanta and the World, in 2004, the Henry Hering Memorial Medal of the National Sculpture Society, (he was president of the Society from 1991 to 1993), the Medal of Liberty from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Shikler Award from National Academy of Design, among others.[3][6]

Bleifeld was a National Academician in Sculpture, and a member of the National Academy of Design, and helped set policy for that organization.[3]

Bleifeld’s public monuments include sculptures for the United States Navy Memorial (he served in the Navy in World War II) in Washington, D.C., the Knights of Columbus Memorial in Connecticut, and baseball players at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.[1][3][7][8] The originals of his works The Lone Sailor and The Homecoming are two created for the Navy Memorial.[9][10] Subsequently, a number of replicas deployed across the United States.[11][12] On October 13, 2017, the occasion of the 242nd anniversary of the United States Navy, a replica of The Lone Sailor was dedicated in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.[13]

His work is in numerous private collections throughout the world.[3] In 2008, his monument to the Civil Rights Movement, It Seemed like Reaching for the Moon was dedicated at the statehouse in Richmond, Virginia.[1][14][15]

Personal life and death[edit]

In 1949, Bleifeld married Naomi Ruby. The couple had two daughters, Becky and Emily.[1] From 1950 until his death he lived and worked in Weston, CT, spending part of each year at a home and studio in Pietrasanta, Italy.[3][16]

Bleifeld died from a cerebral hemorrhage following a fall at his Weston studio.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Stanley Bleifeld, sculptor for Navy and Baseball Hall of Fame, dies at 86". The New York Times. The Associated Press. April 3, 2011. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "Stanley Bleifeld, 1924-2011". National Academy Museum and School. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Noted sculptor Stanley Bleifeld Dies at 86". Westport Now. March 26, 2011. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "Stanley Bleifeld, (1924-2011)". Nedra Matteucci Galleries. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Bleifeld elected a Tyler fellow". The Hour. Norwalk, CT. October 8, 1964. p. 1. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  6. ^ Reynolds, Donald M. (1993). Masters of American Sculpture: The Figurative Tradition from the American Renaissance to the Millennium. Abbeville Press. pp. 164–5. ISBN 978-1-55859-276-6.
  7. ^ Macaluso, Laura A. (2017). New Haven's Columbus Day Parade and Monument. Arcadia Publishing. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-4671-2687-8. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  8. ^ Bennett, Bob; Bennett, Robert S.; Bennett, John (2007). Johnny Podres: Brooklyn's Yankee Killer. AuthorHouse. p. 114. ISBN 978-1-60008-033-3. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  9. ^ "The Lone Sailor". United States Navy Memorial. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  10. ^ "The Homecoming - Washington, D.C." United States Navy Memorial. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  11. ^ "Statues Around the Country". United States Navy Memorial. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  12. ^ Leahy, John F. (2013). Honor, Courage, Commitment: Navy Boot Camp. Naval Institute Press. p. 180. ISBN 978-1-61251-372-0. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  13. ^ "Lone Sailor's steely gaze now looks out over Pearl Harbor". Stars and Stripes. October 15, 2017. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  14. ^ Hinton, KaaVonia (2010). Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas, 1954. Mitchell Lane Publishers, Incorporated. p. 25. ISBN 978-1-61228-827-7. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  15. ^ Payne, Will (2015). Mark Warner the Dealmaker: From Business Success to the Business of Governing. Arcadia Publishing Incorporated. p. 266. ISBN 978-1-62585-112-3. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  16. ^ Heller, Joseph (2011). Catch As Catch Can. Simon and Schuster. pp. 339 ff. ISBN 978-1-84983-650-0.

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