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André Harvey

André Harvey, renowned American realist sculptor, died in Wilmington, Delaware on February 6 after a short illness at the age of 76. André is known for his bronze sculptures, intricate sculpted gold jewelry, found object collages, and works in granite. André created his work through knowing his subjects intimately and working hand in hand with the foundry.  He was never satisfied until the essence of the subject was reflected in his work.  His attention to detail included the creation of his own tools appropriate to the subject. André accomplished a level of reality seldom seen in contemporary realistic bronzes. The inspiration for André’s sculptures often began in the fields and woods of his beloved Brandywine Valley.  André said  “it’s humbling to focus on the permanence of nature, the magical charm of a praying mantis, a hornet, a frog, or the scent of honeysuckle.”  Perhaps André’s most well known sculpture, Helen, a full sized bronze barnyard pig has delighted visitors to the Brandywine Museum of Art for over 30 years.  André described his process in creating Helen this way:  “During the summer months I spent doing the clay, this sow became the friendliest of the six pigs in the pen. I would jump the fence, set up my portable sculpting table, and give her a call. Of all the pigs, she was the only one that would come to me without being bribed by a fistful of corn. She would amble up to within a few feet of me, and then assume a sitting position—almost as if she had planned to sit for a portrait.”  André graduated from the University of Virginia in 1963.  In 1969, after working both as a journalist in New York City and an educator in Wilmington, Delaware, he and his wife, Bobbie traveled throughout Europe and Morocco. During this period, André worked as an apprentice with abstract sculptor Michel Anasse in Vallauris, France.  Upon their return home André began creating realistic sculptures inspired by his childhood in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.  André’s first high-profile exposure was the exhibition of five sculptures for the windows created by Gene Moore for Tiffany & Company in New York City.  Since that time, in a career spanning over four decades, André has produced an extensive volume of work which has been featured in numerous public and private collections and in exhibitions both nationally and internationally.  André was a Fellow and former Board Member of the National Sculpture Society and received the Society′s Joel Meissner Award and the Tallix Foundry Award. In June 2017, the Hagley Museum and Library compiled an oral history “Interview with André and Bobbie Harvey.”  Public collections include the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AK;  Louwman Museum, The Hague, The Netherlands; Brandywine Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA;  Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE;  Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC; Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Fort Worth, TX;  The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI; Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, Winterthur, DE;  Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin, DE;  University of Delaware, Newark, DE; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE; Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI; and the Delaware Museum of Natural History, Wilmington, DE. Exhibitions include the Nature in Art Trust, Gloucester, U.K.; Palazzo Mediceo, Seravezza, Italy;  National Sculpture Society, New York, NY;  Fleischer Museum, Masterworks of American Sculpture, Scottsdale, AZ;  Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA;  Art in Embassies Program, Yarralumla, Australia, Lilongwe, Malawi and Lusaka, Zambia; National Academy of Design, New York, NY;  National Audubon Society, New York, NY;  Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN;  Brandywine Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA;  Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea, Mystic, CT;  Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, CT; Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC;  Blessing of Animals, Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York, NY; and Naples Botanical Garden, Naples, FL.  Photographs of his life’s work can be viewed at andreharvey.com.

André’s unique spirit will live on through his art and through the enduring friendships he formed during his lifetime. His warmth, gentle spirit and playfulness enriched many lives.  André is survived by his wife Bobbie, partner in his creative life for 54 years; his brothers Roy,Tad, Bruce, and sister Sally.  He is predeceased by his parents, Edmund and Jeanne Harvey, and his brother Rusty.

 

 

Funeral Services

A celebration of André’s life will take place on Saturday, February 17 at 11AM in the Soda House (Buck Road entrance) at the Hagley Museum following a private interment at the DuPont de Nemours Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Delaware Wild Lands, Inc., PO Box 505, Odessa, DE 19730; Hagley Museum, Oral History Project, PO Box 3630, Wilmington, DE 19807; or the Brandywine Museum of Art, PO Box 441, Chadds Ford, PA 19317.

 

Condolences

    Cathie Field Lloyd writes,
    Bobbie, Marilyn has been sharing with me all week what has been happening. My heart is breaking for you. What an incredible person and artist Ans was. What a beautiful love you two had. You will be in our hearts and prayers for the many difficult days to come. Cathie and Lee
    02/09/2018 09:23 pm
    Susan lit a candle and writes,
    Do not stand at my grave and weep 
I am not there. I do not sleep. 
I am a thousand Nantucket winds that blow. 
I am the diamond glints on Swiss Mountain snow. 
I am the sunlight on each sandy grain. 
I am the gentle Central Park autumn rain. 
When you awaken in the morning's hush 
I am the swift uplifting rush 
Of pelicans in weightless flight. 
I am the soft stars that shine at night. 
Do not stand at my grave and cry; 
I am not there. I did not die.  Adapted by Vanessa Diserio from Mary Elizabeth Frye’s 1932 poem
    02/10/2018 10:45 am
    Glenda Harvey Rusk lit a candle and writes,
    I am so sorry to read of Andre’s passing. I was so honored to meet him when we Harvey’s visited his Somerville/Manning gallery. He was so talented and his work will always be cherished by many. Our prayers and condolences go out to his family.
    02/10/2018 06:13 pm
    David & Ann Lank writes,
    It was at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia that I first met Andre and his art. I can't tell which impressed me more, his hyper-realistic sculpture or his bigger-than life - yet so gentle - personality. The two sides became one, and it was this extraordinary combination that led to a friendship that lasted for so many decades. Ann and I would anticipate our annual sojourns to the Brandywine, Andre and Bobbie's visits to Canada, and the frequent - but not frequent enough - phone calls which became an integral part of our lives. Flea markets in Lancaster, dinners in Wilmington, guided tours of the gardens and museums where his work shone like a beacon. But when all is said and done, it was his blue eyes, his modesty, and his friendship that will endure. One of the great pieces of music is Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance." This was not Andre. But there is another version of Elgar's masterpiece, "Land of Hope and Glory." In these too divisive times, his memory and his art remain as symbols of what we so desperately need: He is our Hope, He is our Glory.
    02/12/2018 11:37 am
    Philip Harvey writes,
    Sorry to learn of the passing of my distantly placed "cousin" who was descended from the 1714 William Harvey from Chadds Ford as was I. I had admired his work in both Wilmington and Santa Fe NM. When my daughter was married around 1993 her reception was held at the Brandywine River Museum. She had a photograph taken sitting on "Helen" in her wedding dress. How appropriate for a "Chadds Ford Harvey"!
    02/12/2018 12:02 pm
    Ken Jackson writes,
    Bobbie, This is Ken (ex hardware store). I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Andre. You know how much I looked forward to seeing you both at the store and I'm sure I got Andre in trouble with you a few times on keeping him so long. I could spend an hour at a time with him just talking about the cars, sculpture projects and just your life experiences and I certainly wish I'd know him longer than the 30yrs that I did. Recently, as a joke, Andre had designed a bottle label of "Ken's Genuine Moonshine" and it is hilarious. That bottle moved with me to Maine and has it's own prominent spot in the picture window over looking the lake. That he took the time to design, print and present, just as a friendly joke, speaks volumes of his caring and sharing. I've missed you both and please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.
    02/13/2018 07:48 am
    cliff short III lit a candle and writes,
    Bobbie, Dean and I are sorry so to hear of Andre's passing. Andre and you showed Dean such hospitality and interest when we visited the studio. Andre was a super person and will be missed by all. Our thoughts are with you. Cliff Short III
    02/13/2018 01:26 pm
    Leonard and Eve Harrison lit a candle and writes,
    My prayers for you Bobbie, if you need anything, please ask. Lenny and Eve Harrison
    02/14/2018 12:17 am
    Richard Trask lit a candle and writes,
    My sincere condolences, Bobbie. Andre was an amazing artist who saw and appreciated the details of life in the natural world. His casual style and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.
    02/14/2018 12:28 pm
    Janis Tomlinson lit a candle and writes,
    The first time I met Andre it was in his studio. He, Bobby and I sat down for a wonderful conversation, that turned toward Spain, where they had traveled in the 1960s -- and Barcelona in particular. Hearing the stories was a true delight. A second wonderful time was walking our dogs around their marvelous home. I would have liked to have know him better, and to you, Bobby, my heartfelt condolences.
    02/15/2018 12:36 pm
    Susan Gray lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Bobbi, I sent the above poem but I don’t know why I forgot to write my name. But I do know that as a team, you and André, are so ingrained with the architecture and landscape at the Brandywine River Museum, that the museum would not have charm and delight without André’s sculptures. I am sure anyone who has owned one would feel the same. May God give you strength during this difficult time. God bless, Susan Gray
    02/15/2018 07:56 pm
    Hal DeHaven writes,
    Dear Bobbie, My heart goes out to you on the untimely passing of your dearest Ans. I look back fondly on the brief interludes we spent together over the last 50 years. Ans was not only endowed with awsome talent and creativity, but was also a truly nice person, A great guy. His incredible body of work will stand forever as a tribute to his creative mind andhis talented hands. Hal
    02/26/2018 10:45 am

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