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Charles Grafly

Also Known as: Charles Allan Grafly, Charles A. Grafly

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1862

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1929

Luce Artist Quote

"One of the greatest pleasures I find in creating a thing, is in showing it to a man on the street. He doesn't hand you violets wrapped in tin foil. He tells you what he thinks, or rather, what he feels." The artist, quoted in "A Layman Jury Considers Charles Grafly's Meade Memorial," The Christian Science Monitor, Special Correspondence, Nov. 6, 1922.

Luce Artist Biography

Charles Grafly began working with stone at the age of seventeen when he apprenticed with Struthers Stoneyard in his native Philadelphia. A few years later, he enrolled in classes with Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1888, Grafly went to Paris, where he studied sculpture at the Acadmie Julian with Henri-Michel Chapu, with whom he would later work on a piece for the Paris International Exposition. When he returned to Philadelphia, he accepted a position to teach modeling at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He continued to teach there and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston until his death in 1929.