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World Unity or Oblivion Medallion

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Title

World Unity or Oblivion Medallion

Creator

Nebel, Berthold D.

Format

2.78” diameter

Identifier

1673

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Biography

Research has not revealed the purpose of Berthold Nebel’s medal design, but the sculptor was one of many in Europe and the United States who created artworks memorializing the tragedy of the Second World War. On the obverse, an American soldier offers water to a wounded comrade. On the reverse, a mushroom cloud explodes over the abstracted bodies of thousands of war dead, signaling a new and terrifying threat that accompanied the end of the global conflict. born Basel, Switzerland 1889, died Westport CT 1964 Nebel was born in Switzerland and came to the United States with his parents as a one year old. He worked at a decorative terra cotta factory in NJ while studing art at night at the National Academy of Design and Under James Earle Fraser (later from Westport) at The Arts Students League in New York. He won a three-year fellowship from 1914-1917 at the American Academy in Rome and was awarded the 1914 Prix de Rome. In 1920 Nebel returned to the US with his Italian wife and son. He worked for James Earle Fraser, the architect Charles McKim, and at the School of Sculpture at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburg; in 1925 he opened a studio New York. Among his commissions were monuments for the Connecticut State Capitol, and bronze allegorical doors for Museum of the American Indian the Museum of the National Geographic Society, and façade allegorical relief panels for The Hispanic Society of America. In 1930 he bought a house in Westport and had a stone studio built on the property. This was where he lived and worked until his death in 1964.

Category

WSPAC

Media

bronze medallion

Media Details

bronze medallion

Signature Position

Copyright mark; (edge): THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 32ND ISSUE 1945 BERTHOLD NEBEL, SCULPTOR/MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y. BRONZE

Citation

Nebel, Berthold D., “World Unity or Oblivion Medallion,” Westport Public Schools Digital Collections, accessed November 18, 2019, https://collections.westportps.org/items/show/1764.

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