Charles Umlauf taught art and created sculpture at the University of Texas over a span of 40 years, eventually donating approximately 100 pieces and his 3 acre garden to the city of Austin. His work graces national and international sites, but the Umlauf Sculpture Garden holds the largest collection.
He was a master of the human figure and of conveying emotion.
The earlier pieces on display express the pain and despair of WWII atrocities. The gaunt figures and haunted faces of those sculptures still speak.
Later, love was a favorite theme.
He must have loved the love between mother and child,
and the joy of romantic love.
Some works are philosophical.
Man's desire to transcend.
Around a bend in the path, animals frolic.
A rhino ponders.
And a hippo smiles.
For $3 you can gift yourself with a few hours of pleasure at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin, UmlaufSculpture.org, 512-445-5582.
Copyright 2009-2012 Kathleen Scott, for Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.