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About the Artist: Sculptor, Mario Joseph Korbel was born in Czechoslovakia (1882) and at age 18, came to the United States (1900), where he eventually settled in Chicago, Illinois.
He spent five years in the United States and returned to Europe (1905), studying in Berlin; at the Royal Academy, Munich; and at the Academie Julian, Paris. He returned to Chicago in 1909 and opened a studio, and four years later he moved to New York City.
He usually worked in bronze, often experimenting with this media, trying new patinas and textures. He often depicted idealized female nudes, often dancers, and eventually married one. He worked in the classical tradition.
He visited Cuba twice, in 1917 and 1925. Korbel was an Associate Member of the National Academy of Design, 1937; and full member of the Nation Academy of Design, 1944.