Leaping Gazelle, conceived in 1936, cast c. 1988
37 inches high
Upon graduation from the Cleveland School of Art in 1930, Marshall Fredericks traveled to Sweden on a scholarship to study with famed sculptor Carl Milles. After further travel and study in Europe and North Africa, Fredericks was invited by Milles to join the faculty of the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1936 Fredericks won a competition to design a fountain in Detroit, the first of his many public monuments and sculptures. After serving in the air force during World War II, Fredericks returned to his art practice. Over the next decades he completed commissions for fountains, memorials, and portraits in bronze and other materials. His works often feature a humor, warmth, and spirituality that Fredericks attributed to his Scandinavian heritage. A member of the National Academy of Design and recipient of awards from the American Institute of Architects and National Sculpture Society, among many others, Fredericks was one of the most prolific sculptors of the twentieth century.