Donald De Lue
American sculptor, Donald De Lue was born in Boston in 1897. During his career, which spanned 60 years, he created more monumental sculpture than any other recent American artist and is regarded as one of America’s greatest monumental sculptors in the Realist style in the twentieth century. De Lue taught at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design in New York City during the early 1940s. His works also include: Rocket Thrower, executed for the New York World’s Fair of 1964; Quest Eternal, at the Prudential Center in Boston; Washington at Prayer, at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; and three of the monuments at the Gettysberg Battlefield. An accomplished draftsman, De Lue also created an extensive portfolio of designs on paper (over 2,000 in total) that inspired or related directly to his three-dimensional works, as well as a limited number of drypoint prints between the years 1933 and 1934.
De Lue won two Henry Hering Awards, given by the National Sculpture Society for outstanding collaboration between a sculptor and an architect for his Omaha Beach Memorial in Normandy, France and for the Stations of the Cross at the Loyola Jesuit Seminary in Shrub Oak, New York. In 1967 De Lue won the American Numismatic Society J. Sanford Saltus Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of the Medal known as the Saltus Award.
De Lue's works can be found in many museums across America. Like many other sculptors of his generation De Lue executed several architectural works. He was also a prolific medalist.