January 2017 - Orlando FL
We went to this fabulous Sculpture Garden the other day and a lot of the works were religious so I will feature those pieces here.
Click here to see his other works.
Click here to see his other works.
Albin Polasek (February 14, 1879 – May 19, 1965) was a Czech-American sculptor and educator. He created more than four hundred works during his career, two hundred of which are now displayed in the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park, Florida.
At age 37, after periods of residence in Rome and New York City, he was invited to head the sculpture department at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he remained for nearly thirty years.
In 1950, Polasek retired at age 70 to Winter Park, Florida. Within months he suffered a stroke that left his left side paralyzed; he subsequently completed eighteen major works with his right hand only, including "Victory of Moral Law," the artist's comment on the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Towards the end of 1950,at age 71, he married former student Ruth Sherwood who died 22 months later in October, 1952. In 1961, Polasek married Emily Muska Kubat. Upon his death in 1965, Polasek was buried beside his first wife in Winter Park's Palm Cemetery, where his 12th Station of the Cross (1939) is his monument. Emily M. K. Polasek died in 1988.
This was his retirement home and now houses the office, gallery and his studio.
The first thing that you see when you step into the garden is the Stations of the Cross.
These discs depict the Stations of the Cross, 14 key moments in the final hours of the life of Jesus. The installation is in the Polasek Museum's sculpture gardens.
The originals are in St. Cecelia's Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Stations of the Cross, the monumental work of renowned artist Albin Polasek, are the circular medallions on the pillars of the nave. The fourteen stations, sculptured and then cast in bronze relief, consumed three years of the artist's time and talents. Polasek considered these his crowning work of sculpture. And, as is the habit of old world artists, modeled his self portrait as one of the figures in the twelfth station.
Madonna and Child
The original Pilgrim at the Eternal Gate is in Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland.
While living in Chicago he created the original Forest Idyll; "Victorious Christ" for St. Cecelia's Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska.
There are several versions of the crucifix at the museum.
Determined that this crucifix for the Main Altar at St. Cecilia Cathedral should be his supreme achievement, Polasek devoted a large part of 1939 in making sketch after sketch in plastilene clay. One of these studies, upon which he had worked for many weeks, he had cast in plaster – only to discard it as static and uninspired. And then suddenly, he found what he wanted. Starting a new model one morning, he finished it in a day: the figure almost seemed to make itself. There is no suggestion of defeat in this figure. It shows the dying Christ at the moment of his utterance, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!” The head is uplifted, the whole figure vibrant and alight with the triumph of the spirit over suffering and death.
There is one in the gardens.
Another in the studio.
When he had a stroke he built a chapel beside his home so he could go there for solitude and meditation.
These were done in crayon after his stroke. The right side of his body was not affected so he turned to art.
“St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio,” dedicated in 1933, was created by Ruth Sherwood, his first wife, another one stands in Chautauqua NY and in Riverside CA.