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Manfred Karl Eberhardt Whale Tail, 2003 carrera marble on oval marble base





Lot: 309

(German/American, 1930 - 2020),
Whale Tail, 2003,
carrera marble, on oval marble base,
sculpture: 16.25 x 11 x 6.5 inches, overall (with base): 20.5 x 11.5 x 11.5 inches
initialed MKE, at top left of tail split and dated
Provenance: In 1957, Eberhardt graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Tubingen, in Baden-WurVemberg, Germany, after which he migrated to the USA. Between 1957-1962, Dr. Eberhardt did postdoctoral studies at the University of Chicago, Arkansas and Notre Dame, followed by a two-year Fellowship at the Mellon Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1964, he was offered a position at the University of Puerto Rico Nuclear Center, which gave him the opportunity to continue his research in free radical chemistry. Although the Nuclear Center was closed, Dr. Angel Roman Franco, his Angel of fate, hired him to work at the Cancer Center. In 1982, he became Assistant Professor at the Pathology Department of the UPRs School of Medicine. In 1995, Dr. Eberhardt was promoted to full-time Professor and eventually retired. In 2000, Dr. Eberhardt published the scientific monograph Reactive Oxygen Metabolites. Chemistry and Medical Consequences. In 2007, his book Life and Death in an Oxygen Atmosphere, was published. In the early 1980s, Manfred started taking sculpture classes at the Escuela de Artes Plascas under the direction of Melquiades Rosario Sastre and later also under Andres Sierra. He discovered a new passion in his life: sculpting. In 1988, he did a workshop on Modelling the Head and Figure under Bruno Lucchesi, and by 1990, he was immersed in marble sculpting at the Art Institute of Pietrasanta, Italy, the medieval town in Tuscany which he tried to visit every year to work on his marble statues. Between 1992-1993 Manfred enjoyed taking mold making and plastic casing workshops in New Jersey, USA. Exhibition History: Dr. Eberhardt participated in several art exhibitions: beginning in 1986, a group exhibition at the Escuela de Artes Plascas, in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1996, a solo exhibition, Glasperlenspiel, in San Juan, Puerto Rico and in 2007, 2009 and 2011, at juried sculpture exhibitions at Santa Clara City Hall, in Santa Clara, California. One of his favorite sculptures, Life Started in the Ocean, stands at the entrance of the School of Nursing at the University of California San Jose Campus, where his beloved Marlowe studied. Note: This work came straight from Dr. Manfred Karl Eberhardts studio in San Jose, CA.


Auction Date: April 17, 2021

Estimate: $700 - 900


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