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Felix de Weldon (born as Felix Weihs de Weldon in Vienna, died in Washington DC, U.S.) was a famous Sculptor from USA, who lived between April 12, 1907 and June 3, 2003.


Felix de Weldon was an American sculptor who mainly produced portraits and monuments.

The Weldon was an Austrian-born son of a wealthy textile merchant. During his early childhood his artistic talent was recognized and encouraged by his environment. At age ten he began his training at Marchetti College, where he art history, anatomy, languages and studied engineering. At the age of 17 he received his first national award for his work. This results in an exhibition at a gallery in Vienna which he received international acclaim. Already at the age of 22 Weldon had three titles in his pocket. He was a graduate art historian, engineer and philosopher. After graduating he traveled through Europe for two years to study the old masters.

Between 1933 and 1937 Weldon had a studio in London. It is in this city that he received his first important commissions of the British monarchy. Among the portrait busts he made the most important of George V and Edward VIII. His bust of George V, he reached even the National Portrait Gallery, something that is unique for a living artist. Through the combined efforts of the British nobility the Weldon gets a job in Canada so he came into contact with the American lifestyle. In 1938 he decided to move from London to the United States. Here he was naturalized in 1945. After serving in the army he started on his famous sculpture, the Marines Memorial in Washington. Only in 1954 he made his final, monumental version of 100 tons of bronze. After this great Weldon commissioned the portraits of many prominent people throughout the world. With 1200 public commissions, he is the most important American sculptor of the 20th century. His works can be found on all seven continents including Antarctica.

His last work was a modified copy of the monument in Washington, dedicated to the victims of the attacks on September 11, 2001. He said of this monument: "This sculpture stands as the American symbol of unity of action, the will to sacrifice and America's relentless determination to defend freedom."

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"Well, it was one of my most gratifying experiences because I could devote my knowledge and my talent for the good for the City of Washington, and all the Federal projects where the Fine Arts Commission had jurisdiction, and it was a tremendous experience"
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"The early expression of my youth was filled with all the aspects of art"
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"I finished my studies in England, I opened my studio in London, and the first one-man exhibit I had on Bond Street, which was opened by the Austrian ambassador"