Oronzio Maldarelli

Oronzio Maldarelli at work in his studio, 1961, Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum J0001897
Name
Oronzio Maldarelli
Born
Naples, Italy 1892
Died
New York, New York 1963
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Artist Biography

Maldarelli immigrated to the United States from his native Naples as a child. At fourteen he took lessons in drawing and clay modeling, and after two years began study at the National Academy of Design with Leon Kroll, Ivan Olinsky, and Hermon McNeil. In 1912 he entered the Beaux-Arts Institute, where Jo Davidson and Elie Nadelman became particular influences. A classicist with modern tendencies, Maldarelli's early abstract work reflected a brief flirtation with primitivism; but in 1935 he became dissatisfied with the separation of form and content and turned to figural work. Maldarelli is best known for sculptures of female forms in which volume, mass, and contour are overriding concerns. A teacher at Columbia University for many years, Maldarelli received a number of sculptural commissions throughout the 1940s and 1950s.

Virginia M. Mecklenburg Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press for the National Museum of American Art, 1987)

Works by This Artist

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oil on fabric: canvas mounted on fiberboard
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oil on fabric: canvas mounted on fiberboard
1957
bronze on wood base