- Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Pages: 80
- Illustrations: 100 in full color
- Dimensions: 8 1/2'' x 11''
- Format: Paperback
- Author: Thayer Tolles
- ISBN: 9780300151886
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This Museum Publication, the Spring 2009 Met Bulletin, showcases famed American artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848–1907). To late nineteenth- century Americans, Saint-Gaudens was well known as a sculptor of public monuments rendered in a naturalistic, vital, and thoroughly modern aesthetic. A son of French- Irish immigrants, Saint-Gaudens embodied the American success story, rising from humble Lower East Side circumstances to become the finest American sculptor of his day, attracting international acclaim and patronage. Born in Dublin, Ireland, he was the quintessential cosmopolite artist—during his four-decade career he moved effortlessly between studios in New York, Paris, Rome, and his beloved Cornish, New Hampshire. But Saint-Gaudens always remained self-effacing, quipping that it was his exotic name (as he said, pronounced Gaudens, as in "gaudy") as much as his sculptures that brought him distinction. Whether his name is as broadly familiar today, his art remains celebrated and relevant, from the gilded equestrian monument of William Tecumseh Sherman in New York to the storied twenty- dollar "double eagle" gold piece he designed for President Roosevelt.
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