Saint-Gaudens Biography

Saint-Gaudens' work in relief derived from his admiration for Renaissance medals and bronze casting, which had fallen in popularity since the 16th century but had not gone unnoticed by the artist. Saint-Gaudens' relief portraits were characterized by deeply cut and irregular surfaces, creating a vibrant rather than static impression; their vitality was enhanced by the sculptor's near-impressionistic treatment of details.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Samuel G. Ward, 1881, bronze, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1912 (12.29) all rights reserved, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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