Finding Nemon: The Extraordinary Life of the Outsider Who Sculpted the Famous

Finding Nemon: The Extraordinary Life of the Outsider Who Sculpted the Famous

by Aurelia Young, Julian Hale


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Oscar Nemon (1906–1985) is one of the 20th century's greatest sculptors, as testified by his iconic portraits of elder statesmen and major figures displayed all over the world. His flamboyant personality charmed those who came in contact with him, including Winston Churchill, Sigmund Freud, and Queen Elizabeth II. His daughter Aurelia reveals the stories behind his artistic and personal encounters with presidents, prime ministers, royalty, and others. She chronicles her father's life from humble origins as a Jew in modern-day Croatia to his refuge from the Nazis in southern England and the life and career he made for himself in and around London. The result is an intimate biography of an artist, husband, and father.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780720620665
Publisher: Owen, Peter Limited
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Edition description: None
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Aurelia Young (Lady Young, b. 1943) is the daughter of Oscar Nemon. She grew up wandering in and out of her father’s studios at the family home in Oxford and later in London. Since his death in 1985, she has been researching her father’s life and gives talks about his life and work in the U.S., Paris, Brussels, Israel, and across the UK. Julian Hale is a journalist and author of several works of fiction and non-fiction. He worked as a documentary and features producer for BBC Radio 3 and 4 from 1968 to 1973 and from 1978 to 2000.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

1 Osijek 14

2 Vienna and Paris 30

3 Brussels 40

4 Freud 60

5 Art and Craft 74

6 England 92

7 The Early War Years 110

8 Between Oxford and Norfolk 122

9 Churchill 142

10 … And Other Celebrities 166

11 North America 178

12 Royal Families 192

Epilogue 210

Select Bibliography 219

Index 221

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