Annetta Johnson Saint-Gaudens

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Annetta Johnson Saint-Gaudens
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Annetta Johnson

1869 (1869)
Flint, Ohio
Died1943 (aged 73–74)
EducationColumbus Art School, Art Students League
Known forSculpture
Spouse(s)Louis Saint-Gaudens
Saint-Gaudens' bronze bird fountain

Annetta Johnson Saint-Gaudens (1869–1943) was an American sculptor, born in Flint, Ohio. She is best remembered for creating sculptures of "animals, children (and) fountains",[1] but she also did the finishing carving on a "colossal marble figure", the allegorical sculpture Painting in front of the St. Louis Art Museum.[2] She was also significant in the art world as being the wife of Louis Saint-Gaudens and the sister-in-law of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, with whom she studied and worked as an assistant.

Early years[edit]

As a young child Johnson began to draw and then model figures. Eventually her parents, realizing that their daughter had talent that needed to be developed, sent her to the Columbus Art School. She later moved to New York City, where she continued her studies at the Art Students League, studying with John Twachtman and Augustus Saint-Gaudens.[2] She was to remain associated with Saint-Gaudens for the rest of his life. Her brother was the sculptor Burt Johnson.[3]


In 1913, Johnson was awarded the McMillin Prize by the Association of Women Painters and Sculptors of New York City. She received an honorable mention at the Panama–Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. Twenty pieces of her work were shown in a joint exhibition with her husband at the City Art Museum of Saint Louis, in 1917. [4]


  1. ^ Petteys, C.. Dictionary of Women Artists. G K Hill & Co. publishers, 1985.
  2. ^ a b Rubenstein, C. S. American Women Sculptors: A History of Women Working in Three Dimensions. G. K. Hall and Co. Boston, 1990. p. 127
  3. ^ Blackstock, J. Local sculptor gets his spot in the limelight again. Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. 17 June 2016.
  4. ^ Special Exhibition Catalogue City Art Museum Saint Louis. An Exhibition of Sculpture by Louis Saint-Gaudens and Annetta J. Saint-Gaudens and an exhibition of paintings by Charles P. Gruppe . Opening January 10, 1917. Series 1917. No 1. Saint Louis: City Art Museum. 1917.

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