Hunt Diederich

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameWilhelm (William) Hunt•Diederich
Used nameHunt•Diederich
Born3 May 1884 in Szent-Grót (HUN)
Died14 May 1953 in Tappan, New York (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Hunt Diederich was (from his mother’s side) the grandson of the American painter William Morris Hunt and the grandnephew of the American architect Richard Morris Hunt. His father was a Prussian cavalry officer breeding horses in Hungary. After his early death, Hunt was educated partly in Switzerland around Lake Geneva and went to his maternal grandfather in Boston in 1900. There he began to study art, but gave it up temporarily to work as a cowboy in the western United States.

In 1906 Diederich resumed his studies in Philadelphia, later also studying in Roma and Paris. He traveled to Spain and North Africa, especially Morocco, but returned to New York when World War I broke out. In the 1920s he also lived and worked in Germany. From 1941 he settled again in New York. He was mostly known for bronzes of animals or people with animals for his silhouette cuts. His brother-in-law was the important German paper cutting and silhouette artist Ernst Moritz Engert. However, Hunt Diederich’s reputation suffered due to his pro-German attitude and anti-Semitism and he was forgotten for a long time.

In 1928 and 1932 he submitted works both in painting and sculpturing to the Olympic Art Exhibition. The identity of the work Polo Players, which was submitted in 1928, is uncertain. It could well be one of the iron weather vanes with polo motifs, which he is said to have been produced around 1926. His bronze sculpture Polo was not created until 1932 and was awarded “Honourable Mention” in the same year. It is 41 x 69 x 25 cm in size. The Race horse is probably one of his bronze figures of jockeys on horses produced in the late 1920s. One of his most famous works is Diana and Hound from 1925. The bronze version from 1930 is about 68 cm high.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Art Competitions USA Hunt Diederich
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Medals And Reliefs, Open (Olympic) AC
1932 Summer Olympics Art Competitions USA Hunt Diederich
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Statues, Open (Olympic) HM
Sculpturing, Statues, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Statues, Open (Olympic) AC