Mrs. Rose as a Child
Elisabet Ney ( American, 1833 - 1907 )
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.
William Keyse Rudolph, DMA label copy, 2007.
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.