Working Method

The translation of an idea into plastic form is the artist's fundamental challenge. For Saint-Gaudens, it meant working through a conception by means of drawings and increasingly specific three-dimensional versions.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens modeling a portrait of Mrs. Grover Cleveland, photograph, Marion, Massachusetts, 1887, Dartmouth College Library

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