Frederick Hart

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Frederick Hart
Frederick Hart "I believe that art has a moral responsibility, that it must pursue something higher than itself. Art must be a part of life. It must exist in the domain of the common man. It must be an enriching, ennobling and vital partner in the public pursuit of civilization. It should be a majestic presence in everyday life just as it was in the past." - Frederick Hart Frederick Hart is widely recognized as the greatest American sculptor of the Twentieth Century. Hart not only created works of great beauty and gravitus, he was singularly responsible for restoring to American public monuments and memorials an iconology worthy of a great nation. Frederick Hart was born in Atlanta in 1943 while his father was serving in the Navy in World War II. After his mother’s sudden death when Hart was only three years old, his family moved to Washington DC where Hart attended school. Admitted to University of South Carolina at the early age of sixteen, Hart graduated and returned to Washington D.C. to study art at the prestigious Cocoran Scool of Art and American University. In 1967 Frederick Hart applied for a job at the Washington National Cathedral to learn the skill of stone carving. For seven years he sketched ideas for the Cathedral international competition and in 1974 he was awarded the project at the age of thirty-one. The Creation Sculptures were completed in 1990, almost twenty years after Hart began work on them. The central tympanum, Ex Nihilo (Out of Nothing), was a result of the renowned artist’s endeavors. Frederick Hart created the statue of Three Soldiers, one of America's most famous sculptures, for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the nation's capital. Cast in bronze, this historic sculpture was dedicated in November, 1984, at a major ceremony attended by President Ronald Reagan and more than 100,000 veterans. In a century marked by nihilism, abstraction, and deconstruction, Hart exemplifies a returning tide to aesthetic and moral agendas embodied in the great ages of art in the past. "I believe that art has a moral responsibility, that it must pursue something higher than itself. Art must be a part of life. It must exist in the domain of the common man. It must be an enriching, ennobling and vital partner in the public pursuit of civilization. It should be a majestic presence in everyday life just as it was in the past." - Frederick Hart Frederick Hart is widely recognized as the greatest American sculptor of the Twentieth Century. Hart not only created works of great beauty and gravitus, he was singularly responsible for restoring to American public monuments and memorials an iconology worthy of a great nation. Frederick Hart was born in Atlanta in 1943 while his father was serving in the Navy in World War II. After his mother’s sudden death when Hart was only three years old, his family moved to Washington DC where Hart attended school. Admitted to University of South Carolina at the early age of sixteen, Hart graduated and returned to Washington D.C. to study art at the prestigious Cocoran Scool of Art and American University. In 1967 Frederick Hart applied for a job at the Washington National Cathedral to learn the skill of stone carving. For seven years he sketched ideas for the Cathedral international competition and in 1974 he was awarded the project at the age of thirty-one. The Creation Sculptures were completed in 1990, almost twenty years after Hart began work on them. The central tympanum, Ex Nihilo (Out of Nothing), was a result of the renowned artist’s endeavors. Frederick Hart created the statue of Three Soldiers, one of America's most famous sculptures, for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the nation's capital. Cast in bronze, this historic sculpture was dedicated in November, 1984, at a major ceremony attended by President Ronald Reagan and more than 100,000 veterans. In a century marked by nihilism, abstraction, and deconstruction, Hart exemplifies a returning tide to aesthetic and moral agendas embodied in the great ages of art in the past. For more information, please contact New River Fine Art 914 East Las Olas Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954-524-2100 www.newriverfineart.com
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