John Storrs

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This article is about the American artist. For the architect, see John Storrs. For the roboticist, see J. Storrs Hall.
John Henry Bradley Storrs
Born (1885-06-25)June 25, 1885
Died April 26, 1956(1956-04-26) (aged 70)
Nationality American
Known for Sculpture
Spouse(s) Marguerite Deville Chabrol

John Henry Bradley Storrs (June 25, 1885– April 26, 1956), also known as John Bradley Storrs and John H. Storrs, was an American modernist sculptor.


'Profile Head with Cap', woodcut on paper, c. 1918, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Storrs was born in Chicago in 1885, son of architect D.W. Storrs.[1] In 1905, he traveled to Berlin to study singing, but he soon decided to become a sculptor. He studied with Lorado Taft at the Art Institute of Chicago, with Bela Pratt at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and with Charles Grafly at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. By 1911, he was living in Paris, where he studied with Auguste Rodin and also attended the Académie Julian. He gradually moved from representational sculpture and wood engravings to the machine-like sculptures for which he is best known.

'Forms in Space, Number 1', stainless steel and copper sculpture, 1927, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In 1914, Storrs married the writer Marguerite Deville Chabrol and started dividing his time between France and the United States. In the 1930s, Storrs turned to abstract painting that often suggested the human figure. During World War II Storrs was twice arrested and imprisoned by the German occupation forces. After being released, he returned to his studio in Mer, France, and worked and lived there until his death in 1956.


  1. ^ Armstrong, Craven et al, ‘’200 Years of American Sculpture’’, David R. Godine, Publisher in association with the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1976

Further reading[edit]

  • Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Forerunners of American Abstraction; Painters: Charles Demuth, Arthur G. Dove, John Marin, Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Sheeler, Joseph Stella; Sculptors: John B. Flannagan, John Storrs, Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, 1971.
  • Frackman, Noel, John Storrs, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1986.
  • Hirschl and Adler Galleries, Six American Modernists: Marsden Hartley, Gaston Lachaise, Elie Nadelman, Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Sheeler, John Storrs New York, Hirschl and Adler Galleries, 1991.
  • Rutgers University Art Gallery, Vanguard American Sculpture, 1913-1939, New Brunswick, N.J., Rutgers University, 1979.
  • Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, John Storrs and John Flannagan, Sculpture and Works on Paper, Williamstown, Mass., Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1980.
  • Storrs, John Henry Bradley, John Storrs, Chicago 1885-Mer 1956, Musée de l'Orléanais, Château Dunois, Beaugency, 1987, Beaugency, France, Musée de l'Orléanais, 1987.
  • Storrs, John Henry Bradley and Meredith E. Ward, John Storrs, Rhythm of Line, New York, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, 1993.

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