Plaster, 17 inches (43.18 cm.) high,
collection of SGNHS

 

 

Homer Saint-Gaudens, 1885

Homer Shiff Saint-Gaudens (1880-1958) was the only child of Augustus and Augusta Homer Saint-Gaudens. After attending Harvard College, he became a writer, art critic, theatrical manager, and after 1921, director of the art museum of the Carnegie Institute. He is recognized for his contribution to modern art in his development of the annual international exhibition sponsored by the Carnegie Institute. During world War I he served as chief of camouflage (40th Engineers) and was awarded the Bronze Star. In 1905 he married Carlota Dolley, a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and later a painter of miniatures. They had three children: Augustus, Carlota, and Harold, who died in infancy. Homer Saint-Gaudens wrote The American Artist and His Times (1941). He also edited and amplified the Reminiscences of Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1913). He was a contributor to a number of periodicals, including the Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, Scribner's, Outlook, Mentor, and Country Life. He was a founder of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial and its director until 1953.