Final Farewells: Umlauf Estate Sale

October 19 through November 9


"Final Farewells" Provides Last Chance for Charles Umlauf Sculpture Acquisition

Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery is honored to host "Final Farewells", a very special estate sale at the gallery featuring works of art that have never left the Umlauf estate. From September 6-29, 2012, varied pieces from the late Charles Umlauf will be for sale including paintings, drawings and mostly sculpture. In 1985, Charles and his wife Angeline donated their home to the city of Austin, and now, with his wife's passing in June, the family members are taking great care to move all of the pieces from the estate to the gallery for one final family sale.

The sculpture pieces are as diverse as their points of origin: marble, limestone and bronze, cast in locales across the world, from Italy to Central Texas. Statue sizes will range from 9-inches tall to life size, up to 8-feet tall.

A reception on Friday, October 19, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. will celebrate the artist and special guests will include some of Umlauf's six children.

"As the only entity entrusted to represent the Charles Umlauf Estate, we are honored to help sell the final remaining pieces of his work," says gallery owner Lisa Russell. "These pieces are very personal to me as I have come to know and love this family – it's a little bittersweet to bid farewell to them all."

Charles Julius Umlauf was born on a farm outside South Haven, Michigan in 1911, the sixth of eight children born to French and German immigrant parents. In 1941 Charles and his wife, Angeline moved to Austin, and he signed on with the newly formed art department at The University of Texas at Austin. He taught as a sculpture instructor for 40 years, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1981.

Umlauf, namesake of Austin's Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, was a prolific and internationally known sculptor. More than 130 sculptures, drawings and paintings by Umlauf are on display at the Sculpture Garden and Museum. Umlauf's sculptures range from detailed realism to lyrical abstractions. With equal facility, Umlauf sculpted family groupings, delightful animals, religious and mythological figures and sensuous nudes. The artist's veneration for life, especially for the human form, and the skills he possessed in coordinating materials and ideas, resulted in highly individual, expressive works of art. Inspired by Cubism, he experimented with interpretation of form and space in geometric compositions.

Umlauf's work can be seen in public collections and museums across the United States, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.


Members of the Umlauf family, including several of Umlauf's six children will attend an opening reception for "Final Farewells" on October 19, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. Open to the public, RSVP is requested. All art is available for acquisition and will be displayed October 19-November 9, 2012.