Collecting Men: Early 20th-Century Figurative Art
BY Christopher Harrity
March 31 2014 5:30 AM ET
The Law, Important, Early Pair of Art Deco Drawings by Donald De Lue
This pair of drawings is of great importance, dating from 1932 when Donald De Lue was commissioned to undertake his first major public project — a set of sculptures for the federal courthouse and post office in downtown Philadelphia. Widely known and appreciated over decades for his idealized nude figures shown stretching across the room — or across the universe — De Lue began it all here, sculpting a set of muscled, superhuman figures. Carved in granite and larger than life, these figures were meant to last forever. De Lue executed a number of sketches that capture some of his thinking and planning, and this pair has the energy and monumentality later captured in stone.