Harriet Whitney Frishmuth

Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (1880 - 1980) was an American sculptor known for her works in bronze. Frishmuth was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 17, 1880. She studied briefly with Rodin at the cole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, for two years with Euchtriz in Berlin, and at the Art Students League of New York under Gutzon Borglum and Hermon Atkins MacNeil. While in New York she worked as an assistant to the sculptor Karl Bitter and performed dissections at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her first commissioned piece was in 1910 from the New York County Medical Society who commissioned her to do a bas-relief. She also modeled ashtrays, bookends, and small figures for Gorham; these early pieces are highly sought after by collectors. Her career grew steadily and she became well-known for her beautiful renderings of females in bronze, particularly dancers (Desha Delteil frequently modeled for her). Her small bronzes were sought after by private collectors and by museums, and her large bronzes often found a central place in elaborate garden settings.[

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