USA, c.1960. CLEO HARTWIG (1911-1988) born in Webberville, Michigan, Graduated Western Michigan University, Art Institute of Chicago, The International School of Art, and Study under noted sculptor Jose de Creeft. Hartwig is known most widely through her stone carvings seeking the essence of plant and animal forms, as well as abstractions and the human figure in wood, bronze, clay, plaster and brass.
Miss Hartwig, a petite woman who wore her hair in a trademark ponytail, was a sculpture instructor at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, N.J., from 1945 to 1971 and had previously taught sculpture at the Cooper Union in New York City.
Miss Hartwig's work is in the permanent collections of many American museums, including the National Academy of Design, the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
In the early 1960s Cleo Hartwig founded a company called Sculptor Collectors and started to reproduce some of her own work and that of others. Most examples of her works seen on the market today are reproductions created by Hartwig's own company.
"...I consider the pureness of sculptural form much more than a strict adherence to realism, and sometimes use extreme simplification in trying to achieve an aesthetically satisfying carving."
'Bird Form' cast in white foundry-stone. c.1955. Excellent Vintage Condition. Artist Signed, and Makers Marks.
W: 9 x H: 8 in.