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Elisabet Ney ( American, 1833 - 1907 )

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General Description

The idealized profile and bust format of this delicately carved portrait medallion recall the influence of neoclassical art, which the Munich-born sculptor Elisabet Ney absorbed in Europe during a highly successful international career. Ney had already sculpted portraits of folklorist Jacob Grimm and King Ludwig II of Bavaria before she and her Scottish-born husband immigrated first to Georgia and then to Waller County in Texas in 1872. Ney became a leading figure in late 19th-century Texas art and civic life. Her life-size statues of Sam Houston and Stephen Austin still stand in the State Capitol in Austin.

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William Keyse Rudolph, DMA label copy, 2007.

Fun Facts

  • The Texas Fine Arts Association was established in honor of Elizabet Ney in 1911.

  • While still in Germany, Elizabet Ney sculpted King Ludwig II of Bavaria; philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer; and naturalist, Alexander von Humboldt from life.

  • Her studio, Formosa, is now the Elizabet Ney Museum in Austin.

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