Ruckstuhl, Frederick W.


Beaux-Arts sculptor, won Grand Medal at 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, 3 of his works in US Capitol's National Statuary Hall



Autograph ID: 5970
Condition: Very good, light overall toning, mount remnant verso
Description: “(1853-1942) French-born American Beaux-Arts style sculptor and art critic. His family moved to St. Louis when he was 2. In his early 20s, an art exhibition in St. Louis inspired him to become a sculptor. He studied in Paris for 3 years. In 1885, Ruckstuhl entered the Academie Julian. On returning to US in 1892, he opened a NYC studio. His work “Evening” (at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) won the Grand Medal for Sculpture at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. As a result of this national exposure, he was commissioned to make an equestrian statue of Major General John F. Hartranft for Pennsylvania State University. In 1893, Ruckstuhl was appointed to teach modeling and marble carving at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Schools in NYC. He was a founding member of the National Sculpture Society and editor of the magazine Art World. In 1925 he wrote the book Great Works of Art and What Makes Them Great, a collection of essays. His sculpture was in the figurative Beaux-Arts style, with its realism, and detailed modeling. He and other prominent sculptors of the era, such as Daniel Chester French, championed the French style of studio system teaching, art societies, and exhibitions. Following the 1913 Armory Show, he continued to represent the old guard of academic sculpture. Some of his notable works include: “The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument” (also known as “Victory” or “The Peace Monument”, Major John Mark Park, Jamaica, Queens, NY, 1896); “Wade Hampton”, “Uriah Milton Rose”, “John C. Calhoun” (National Statuary Hall, US Capitol); “Wade Hampton” equestrian statue (So. Carolina State House grounds, 1906); “Solon” (Reading Room, Library of Congress); Busts on the Library of Congress front portico; “John F. Hartranft” (State Capitol, Harrisburg, Penna.); “Confederate Monument” (Baltimore); “Phoenicia” (New York Custom House); and, “Angels of the Confederacy” (Columbia, So. Carolina).

Frameable 1 3/4 x 3 1/2 card signed “F. W. Ruckstuhl”, undated but ca. 1902.”
Type: Signed Card

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