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Peter Lipman Wulf bronze sculpture The First Step c1959
Peter Lipman Wulf bronze sculpture The First Step c1959


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Peter Lipman Wulf bronze sculpture The First Step c1959. Bonded bronzed measures 12. 5 x 7 inches. B 1905 D 1993. New York Times obituary Published: September 30, 1993: Peter Lipman-Wulf, a German-born sculptor who lived in the United States for nearly 50 years, died on Saturday in Hamburg, Germany. He was 88 and had homes in Manhattan and Sag Harbor, L.I. He was born in Berlin and studied at the Berlin Academy. Mr. Lipman-Wulf, who was Jewish, left Germany in 1933 when the Nazis came to power, after being dismissed from his post at the Prussian Academy in Berlin and having several sculpture commissions canceled. He lived first in Paris and then in Basel before immigrating to the United States in 1947. Bio from Peter Rose Gallery: "He was born in 1905 into a Jewish family that had converted to Christianity before his birth. His father was a well known lawyer and expected his son to follow in his foot steps. His mother was a famous artist of the period. At the age of 15 he moved to Oberammaergau in Bavaria where he apprenticed to one of the leading wood carvers of the day. He remained there for two years. He received his MBA from the Berlin State University and was expected to succeed his professor as the official State Sculptor of Berlin. He had received many prizes and had already been given several commissions of stone sculptures for the city of Berlin. In 1933 with Hitler in power he left Germany for France. He was interred in Camp des Milles in 1939 and was released in 1940. He escaped from Paris in 1942 and went to live in Switzerland with his daughter and Swiss wife. After the war he returned to Rome and finished carving the Crucifixion. In total he had given four working years to this task. Obviously the war had interrupted his work. In 1947 the French government sent the Crucifixion to South America and ultimately after much adventure the Crucifixion was sent to New York. In 1953 it was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the director commented that, "to be in the presence of Mr. Lipman-wulf's Crucifixion is both a sobering and exalting experience."

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