Donald De Lue ( American, 1897 - 1988 )
The American artist Donald De Lue had a prolific career making large-scale public monuments. He made sculptures for Omaha Beach on the Normandy coast, Gettysburg National Military Park, the Federal Court building in Philadelphia, the Boy Scout Memorial in Washington D.C., and the Rocket Thrower for New York's World's Fair.
In 1959, De Lue entered The Love Field Monument Competition that the city of Dallas sponsored. This drawing illustrates some of the artist's preliminary ideas for the public work intended to grace the airport entrance. Most notably, by incorporating the winged Pegasus into his design De Lue suggests the notion of flight while simultaneously stirring local pride with the iconic emblem of Dallas. The artist did not earn the commission, which instead went to Texas Art Professor Charles Umlauf (1911-1994) for his Spirit of Flight.
Olivier Meslay, DMA Acquisition proposal (2010.49), 2010.