Models

 

 

 

Saint-Gaudens always modeled his figures scrupulously from life, and models were as much a part of studio life as were the sculptor's assistants. Relying largely on the services of professional models, Saint-Gaudens would also employ neighbors or individuals seen on the street to get just the right "look." Because the creative work of the artist often surpasses capturing a model's physical likeness, it is not always easy to ascertain which model, or models, posed for a given work. The individuals introduced here are only part of a longer list of models upon whom Saint-Gaudens relied. These few are known to us because the sculptor or others made reference to them, or because research has brought their contributions to light.