A well-taught painter turned self-taught sculptor, Frederick Shrady became internationally famous for his art, especially on religious subjects. But as he was gaining fame as an artist, he was also helping retrieve thousands of priceless art treasures, stolen by the Nazis.
Born in New York in 1907, Frederick Charles Shrady was a son of sculptor Henry Merwin Shrady, who created the Grant Memorial on the Mall near the Capitol in Washington. He graduated from Oxford in England in 1931 and moved to Paris to study and paint. Over nine years there, he gained esteem as an artist; his paintings are now in museums in Paris, Lyons, Grenoble, Belgrade, and Zagreb.