Sculptures by Walter Russell

The late work: Russell as a sculptor


The astonishing thing about Russell's sculptural work is that after decades as a well-known painter he only created a bust for the first time at the age of 56 when he reached the age of eight, which Thomas Edison showed and was immediately a masterpiece. People who know his busts in the original confirm the fascinating charisma and intensive effect of Russell's special technique in the design of the eyes.

Colette d'Arville
Colette d'Arville

French opera singer

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Edmund Scottie
Edmund Scottie

Lawyer and Friend of Walter Russell This bust shows Walter Russell`s technique of modelling eyes. He shaped them in different depths, depending on which colour the eyes were (blue or brown). In the eyes of a man, Walter Russell saw the condensed expression of the essence of a person.

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Franklin Roosevelt 1882 – 1945
Franklin Roosevelt 1882 – 1945

32nd President of the USA, three times re-elected.

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George Gershwin 1898 – 1937
George Gershwin 1898 – 1937

American pianist and composer of the opera »Porgy and Bess« In his »Message of the Divine Iliad« Walter Russell answers a question about Gershwin`s music.

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Huckleberry Finn
Huckleberry Finn

1935, study for the great Mark Twain-Memorial The novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, sequel of his famous book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, has been considered a key contribution to American Literature and is still amongst the most popular American novels.

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Huckleberry Finn 2
Huckleberry Finn 2

Study for the great Mark Twain-Memorial The novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, sequel of his famous book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, has been considered a key contribution to American Literature and is still amongst the most popular American novels.

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John Philip Sousa 1854 – 1932
John Philip Sousa 1854 – 1932

North American composer of marches (Stars and Stripes) and other music. Inventor of the sousaphone

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Mark Twain
Mark Twain

Bust Russell describes the beginning of his lifelong friendship with Mark Twain in his Home Study Course. (p. 221)

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Mark Twain
Mark Twain

Sideview of his bust Russell describes the beginning of his lifelong friendship with Mark Twain in his Home Study Course. (p. 221)

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The Four Freedoms
The Four Freedoms

Model of a monument, which is part of the Peace Memorial in Madison, Florida. (Also known as the Colin P. Kelley Memorial. Kelley was the first hero who fell in the Second World War.) This sculpture was inspired by an idea of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, which he had expressed to Thomas Watson (IBM). It represents allegorically the four freedoms, which were the most important ones for Roosevelt: »Freedom from Want, Freedom of Religion, Freedom from Fear and Freedom of Speech«.

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The Mark Twain Memorial
The Mark Twain Memorial

Sculpture in memory of Mark Twain: the writer is seated in the centre and the characters from his books are standing around him. Mr. Russell had only made the change from painting to sculpture a few years when he was commissioned to do a monument of Mark Twain with twenty-eight figures. To paint one figure two-dimensionally is difficult; but to do two isn`t just twice as hard, it is four times as hard. It increases as of the square.

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Thomas Alva Edison 1847 – 1931
Thomas Alva Edison 1847 – 1931

American inventor He developed devices like the electric bulb, an electrical generating station, a film projector and a phonograph, which greatly influenced modern life in the 20th century. Walter Russell`s very first bust was in 1927 the bust of Edison, who became his friend.

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Tom Sawyer
Tom Sawyer

Study for the great Mark Twain Memorial The novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, sequel of his famous book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, has been considered a key contribution to American Literature and is still amongst the most popular American novels.

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Charles Nelson Goodyear 1800 – 1860
Charles Nelson Goodyear 1800 – 1860

US-chemist and founder of our modern rubber industry by inventing vulcanizing rubber and producing hard rubber.

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Ossip Gabrilowitsch
Ossip Gabrilowitsch
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Cass Gilbert 1859 – 1934
Cass Gilbert 1859 – 1934

Architect Pioneer in building skyscrapers in the USA and a friend of Walter Russell`s. He designed the famous Woolworth Building in New York, various Government Buildings in Washington D.C. and many other famous buildings in numerous states of the USA.

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