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Frederick Hart, Daughters of Odessa Ensemble (Three-Quarter Life Size)
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TITLE:  Daughters of Odessa Ensemble (Three-Quarter Life Size)
ARTIST:  Frederick Hart (American, 1943–1999)
WORK DATE:  1997
CATEGORY:  Sculptures
SIZE:  h: 47.5 x w: 32 x d: 34 in / h: 120.6 x w: 81.3 x d: 86.4 cm
STYLE:  Contemporary
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Robin Rile Fine Art  +1-813-340-9629  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  Years after Hart’s seminal “Three Soldiers” at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Hart would again revisit the theme of martyrdom as he paid allegorical homage to the daughters of Czar Nicolas II of Russia, Anastasia, Tatiana, Olga & Maria, who were killed during the Bolshevik Revolution in 1918. Hart called them “The Martyrs of Moderndom” as they represented all of the beautiful things which were somewhat forgotten in the 20th Century, “The ability to have Faith, sustain Hope, feel the transforming power of Beauty and revel in the Innocence around us”. Faith, Hope, Innocence and Beauty, the four “Daughters of Odessa”. This was Hart’s clarion call to return to our classical antecedents in all of the arts, music, poetry, film and literature. Just as their predecessors the “Burghers of Calais” and the “Three Soldiers”, the “Daughters” are depicted as an ensemble, with each figure boasting their own breadth and idiosyncrasy. Each is lightly draped in ethereal linens of the spirit realm. Their faces are at peace and depict the youth and vitality of their allegorical counterparts, Hope, Faith, Innocence and Beauty. Whereas the “Burghers” and “Three Soldiers” courted controversy, the “Daughters” were eagerly accepted for permanent placement at the Prince of Wales’ private garden at Highgrove upon their unveiling in 1997. (Text © 2012 Reed V. Horth, for RRFA)
ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Robin Rile Fine Art Inventory Catalogue
LITERATURE:  Frederick Hart Changing Tides, by Michael Novak, pg. 53-68. [illustration of another cast]
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