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A piece of Austin history: Rare Umlauf sculptures available at Russell Collection's Final Farewells

A piece of Austin history: Rare Umlauf sculptures available at Russell Collection's Final Farewells

Texas sculptor Charles Umlauf and his wife Angeline Allen Umlauf left a lasting imprint on the look and texture of Austin, the city they chose to live in for over a half a century.

Beginning Oct. 19, The Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery will showcase Umlauf's never before seen works, and collectors will have a chance to take some of these enduring measures of Texas history home with them.

Umlauf was a distinguished professor of art at The University of Texas for more than 40 years. His abstracted figures from this time period found permanent homes throughout the city, while many of them remained on the grounds of the couples' home near Zilker Park.

The 8-acre property that includes their former home, Umlauf's studios and more than 250 works of art, is known officially as The Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. It has delighted outdoor art admirers for decades, and includes tour, workshops, art camps and special events.

With Angeline Umlauf's passing in June of this year, the grounds were expanded and officially given over to the city. After months of consideration, the family is carefully and thoughtfully unveiling many of Umlauf's heretofore unseen work and inviting the public to peruse and potentially purchase pieces from the Umlauf home.

Each of the items for sale will be transported to the Russell Collection and displayed at the gallery. Pieces include Umlauf's paintings and drawings in addition to the more familiar sculptures in various sized pieces made from bronze, limestone and marble.

"As the only entity entrusted to represent the Charles Umlauf Estate, we are honored to help sell the final remaining pieces of his work," said gallery owner Lisa Russell in a release. "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."

Russell stated that requests and inquiries from collectors began to flood in almost as soon as word of this special event began to circulate. With all of the pieces on display available for acquisition, this truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans of Umlauf's notable contributions.

To commemorate the work of their late father and the continued philanthropic efforts of their mother, members of the Umlauf Family will attend the opening reception and speak of his lasting legacy.

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The opening reception for "Final Farewells" takes place at the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Oct. 19. The exhibition will remain on display until Nov. 9.

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Pieces to go on sale at the Russell Collection's Final Farewell exhibit.
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Setting up the Final Farewell show, these are just some of the pieces that will be on sale.
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Sculptor Charles Umlauf in his studio.
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"Poetess" by Charles Umlauf. Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum