Charles Umlauf, Noted Sculptor and Professor, Lives On

By: ralphbarrera

Jun 02 2009


Category: Photojournalism

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“Mother and Child” was among sculptor Charles Umlauf’s first commissioned works, this initially intended for Mrs. Herman Root. It now sits at his residence in Austin after being cracked before shipment. He later created another which was delivered intact. One of the many joys from my job is I get to see fascinating things not yet available to the public, and for that I am truly grateful. Case in point was a recent visit to the Charles Umlauf  residence and studio with Nelie Plourde, director of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. I was researching a story about his work using Farrah Fawcett as a model for her Austin connections. She studied sculpture and life drawing with Umlauf when he was a professor at the University of Texas. 

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“Farrah 1976” Bronze

Umlauf had a photographic memory, often remembering extraordinary details from photographs that he used at a later time.

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“Kneeling Christ” is was one of his most recognizable sculptures that rests, not only on his lawn, but on the campus of Baylor University and at Seton Hospital in Austin. For a wonderful outing visit Umlauf


Photos by Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman


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