Muse's Lesson by Fred X Brownstein
Muse's Lesson by Fred X Brownstein
Muse's Lesson by Fred X Brownstein
Muse's Lesson by Fred X Brownstein
Muse's Lesson by Fred X Brownstein

Muse's Lesson by Fred X Brownstein

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Bronze with Unique Patina

23” x 21” x 11”

Muse’s Lesson is one of a kind. There is only one other cast which is the artist’s proof and it does not have the same base or patina (it is weathered and dark green-black ). It was cast and completed in Italy around 1990, before Fred moved to Vermont. It was originally designed to be for a fountain with a reflecting pool beneath the sculpture. Fred has exhibited the proof copy that way, but kept this one in his studio to conserve the patina which can no longer be reproduced.

The patina is, therefore, unique. It is called “marrone candeggiante” in Italian, but there is no real translation into English. It looks like what you see; a translucent golden brown with underlying black accents. Fred was friendly with Mariolino, the patinist at Mariani Foundry in Pietrasanta, and he did the patina especially for this piece. The modeling of the surface is hand tooled by FXB.

An artist side-note: “She is intended to be a demure muse pointing toward a natural environment below her. She may be interpreted as a goddess, however my intention is to guide the viewer to tell their own story.”

The FXB is on the base, below where she is seated. There is also the foundry stamp at the base.


Fred X Brownstein creates contemporary figurative sculpture in marble and bronze. Fred was born in 1946 in Greenville, Mississippi and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1970 from the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California.

In 1971 Fred was an Artist in Residence at the Karolyi Foundation in Vence, France, where he began carving marble and exhibiting his sculpture. Fred married Stella Ehrich in 1974 and the following year the couple moved to Italy where they lived for sixteen years until 1991. In Italy, Fred worked for eight months at Henraux in Querceta and then was accepted as an apprentice at the sculpture studio of Enzo Pasquini where he trained for four years. From 1980-1984 Fred studied figure drawing with the Signorina Nerina Simi in Florence, Italy.

Fred exhibited with the Grand Central Art Galleries in New York from 1986-1992. He has completed 12 public sculpture commissions since 1985 and his work is included in private collections in Italy, Canada and the U.S. He has won awards from the National Sculpture Society and the Salamagundi Club in New York as well as two national competitions for public sculpture in the U.S.

Fred was an adjunct professor at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Connecticut and has lectured at many colleges and museums including the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum in Boston, The Metropolitan Museum in New York, Alfred University, Middlebury College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and Williams College, among others. He is a Fellow member of the National Sculpture Society and a professional member of the Stone Carvers Guild. Fred lives in Vermont.