ELIHU VEDDER / Artist • Life • Work and Digressions
Being an altogether well intended muddle of personal ramblings, subjective opinions and informative musings in the form of writing, photographs, and drawings about, and links to, useful, enlightening, nostalgic, artistic and semi-pertinent information. Recognizing digressions, being open to detours and accepting delusions. My collection of "digressings" was sparked by the autobiography to the right - The Digressions of Elihu Vedder - published in 1910. Vedder was an American artist born in 1836 who spent much of his life living and working abroad, mostly in Italy. We are both descendants from the same Vedder ancestor, through my father's line. My sixth great grandfather was the brother of his third great grandfather. Since I first learned of this family connection at about the age of 12, I have been studying his life and acquiring books, catalogues and other material relating to him. His work is expressed in many mediums; sculpture, painting, drawing, applied arts, printmaking and mosaic and can be found in many of the major museums across America. He was also a muralist and his works may be seen gracing the walls at the Library of Congress, Williams College, Bowdoin College and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Murals that Vedder created for The Huntington Mansion in New York were restored a few years ago at Yale and were re-installed there. I'm creating "Vedder" pages on this site and will be adding to them as I am able. He was an exceptional talent and a colorful figure in the arts, he deserves more press and hopefully I can do something to that end.
Shall we sally forth? This page under construction • June 17, 2017