Jefferson D. Rubin was a brilliant young artist whose humanistic and classical art embraced the poetry of sculpture that descends from ancient and Renaissance antecedents. A Colorado native, he studied and worked in the United States and Italy, and was founder, director, and principal teacher of La Scuola Classical Sculpture School in Denver. Rubin exhibited in galleries and museums across the country and abroad, and his rare pieces are prized in many private collections. He died in a tragic mountain accident in August 1995 at the age of 36. The non-profit Jefferson D. Rubin Memorial Fund exists to keep alive the idealism of the human form and spirit in classical sculpture. That was the purpose of La Scuola and the soaring vision of its founder and his muse.
Frammenti della Vita (Fragments of a Life) borrows the term frammenti from Jefferson who described myriad works of his art as symbolizing antiquity, his “continual source of inspiration“, as well as representing “the fragility of life itself.” His conviction of the importance of classical art is resonated in his thoughtfully written and thought-provoking manuscripts, journal entries, letters and poetry from which numerous excerpts have been taken and presented in this book. Words like beauty, nobility, dignity, and humanism abound in his writings and find expression in his work. These quotations invite the reader to journey with Jefferson as he reveals some of his innermost thoughts about his life’s work. (Excerpted from the Introduction to Frammenti della Vita, The Art and Writings of Jefferson D. Rubin)
“My fascination with ancient cultures, especially those of Italy and Greece, and the eternal beauty of the human form, lured me to the imagery and materials of the ancients. My aesthetic adventure, my own quest of my creativity has been a desire for discovery, the search for beauty and expressive content in the human figure.”
“With the frammenti I pay homage to antiquity as the continual source of inspiration to my imagery. The frammenti are like found objects from the earth or from the sea that have survived thousands of years. The frammenti make us aware of the fragility of life itself and the life of our civilization that will, one day, be understood only by the fragments to be found. They are filled with archaeological echoes. They are like found objects from the earth or from the sea that have survived through the centuries to be placed on your wall as an artifact of a lost civilization. They evoke an ancient feeling, yet they never existed five years ago.”