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Life and Work of the Sculptor William Schiffer

Life and Work of the Sculptor William Schiffer
Having been born in the nearby village of Zvončín, the sculptor and medallist William Schiffer (1920 – 2007) spent his childhood and youth in Trnava. During the war he played in an amateur theatrical club, performing in Nitra apart from Trnava. In 1945 he left for Paris where he studied at the Academy of Art. He took interest in plastic arts and created a collection of stained glass sculptures illuminated from within. In the mid 1950s he entered the Parisian art scene with a collection of small sculptures and ceramics with Slavic folk motifs. His partially owes his artistic development as a sculptor to his internship with Ivan Meštrovič in the United States. He found his expression in relief sculpture – creating designs of plaques and medals. Besides the small collection of fine glass plaques, William Schiffer created also a few individual glass sculptures. Having visited a textile atelier in Brno in the 1970s, he began experimenting with the technique of Art Propis, creating about a dozen of tapestries. After 1989 he returned to Slovakia to live and work in Trnava again. He donated a part of his art to the Western Slovakia Museum, which enabled this exhibition, launched in 2007, striving to illustrate the life and art of the sculptor and medallist William Schiffer, born and bred in Trnava, adopted by Paris.
Life and Work of the Sculptor William Schiffer
Life and Work of the Sculptor William Schiffer
Life and Work of the Sculptor William Schiffer
Life and Work of the Sculptor William Schiffer
Life and Work of the Sculptor William Schiffer