1943-1999 – Artist and sculptor and stonecutter in the classical style, Frederick Hart was an apprentice at the National Cathedral in Washington DC and learned there about sculpting and stonecutting. Then Hart’s big break came when he won a competition to design the facade of the Cathedral, which incorporated his thirteen year masterpiece of the Creation, a 21 X 15 foot bas relief sxulpture. Frederick Hart also designed “Three Soldiers bronze sculpture,” realistic in style, for the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial to contrast with the abstraction of Maya Lin’s work. Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in South Carolina, Hart was an opponent of most contemporary art, thinking it motivated by political rather than aesthetic reasons. As a proponent of realism, he was made an honorary member of The American Society of Classical Realism Guild of Artists. Just before Frederick Hart’s premature death from lung cancer in 1999, he built his 17,000 square-foot dream home “Chesley,” on 250 acres of land in Virginia. This mansion was intended to be an artists’ retreat to nourish traditional, classical values and refute modernist trends that he said allowed anything to be called art.
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