Large Bronze Self Portrait Sculptor George Lundeen Ca 1972
a self-portrait of the the well-known sculptor, George W. Lundeen, done in Urbana, Illinois when he was studying for his Master
of Fine Arts degree, and just prior to when he went to Italy in 1972 as a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar.
The work is unsigned, but its provenance is well documented by a letter dated, June 4, 1986 from the
director of the George Lundeen Studio stating, “A Self-Portrait“ was finished in 1971 or 1972…and is a one-of-a-kind
bronze…that can not be replaced. Purchased shortly after it was made from the Gilman Gallery in Chicago, it has
been in a private collection ever since. In 1986 it was valued at $6000.00 by the studio. One-of-a-kind commissioned Lundeen
sculptures sell for up to $150,000.00.
CONDITION: Fine without exception.
BIOGRAPHY:National Academician George
Lundeen is one of the country’s leading figurative sculptors. A member of the National Sculpture Society and the National
Academy of Design, he has created small-scale works as well as life-size and monumental installations and they are in private,
corporate and government collections around the world.
One of his best known
pieces is the seated, life-size figure in bronze of Benjamin Franklin at the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia.
He also has work at the Capital Rotunda in Washington DC, and in 2001, his sculpture “Thomas Jefferson” was dedicated at the
University of Missouri-Columbia.
A native of
Holdrege, Nebraska, Lundeen was a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar studying at the Academia de Belle Arte in Florence, Italy (1973-1974).
He holds a masters in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois, (1972), and a bachelor of arts from Hastings College
in Nebraska (1971). George Lundeen established his sculpting studio in Loveland, Colorado in the mid-1970s where he currently
lives and works.