Olin Levi Warner

(1844 - 1896)

Portrait Bust of Daniel Cottier; Height 11" ; Dark Brownish-Green Patina ;
Inscribed To my friend Daniel Cottier - 1878

Literature: G. Gurney, O.L.W., A Catalog Raisonne of his Sculpture and Graphic Works,
Dover, 1978, pp. 359-367 # 31.10
; PROVENANCE: C.E.S. Wood ; $ 4,500 USD


"As a teenager Olin Levi Warner carved little chalk figures, and, having made a plaster bust of his father, he chose the vocation of sculpture at the age of nineteen. In 1869 he went to Paris, where he entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and studied under the French sculpture Francois Jouffroy. In addition to Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Warner's frieds in Paris included the sculptors Alexandre Falguiere and Antonin Mercie. Talented and industrious, Warner was offered the position of studio assistant to Jean Baptiste Carpeaux; he accepted the post and held it until political upheaval ended his employment. He returned to New York in 1872, indoctrinated in the French manner of modeling. Despite a lack of patronage and growing disillusionment following his return to America, Warner gradually gained recognition for his refined and sensitive portrait medallions. His medallion of the actor Edwin Forrest drew favorable attention at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition of 1876; two years later his exhibition of the portrait busts of Mr. and Mrs. Plant and then of the bust of Daniel Cottier, the New York art dealer, at Cottier's gallery led to additional commissions and commendatory reviews. Elected an academician of the National Academy of Design in 1889, Warner was also a member of the progressive group of painters and sculptors that had established the Society of American Artists in 1877. In 1880 he rented a studio in the Benedict Building, where he met and became friendly with the artists Wyatt Eaton and J. Alden Weir, whose bust he sculpted. Warner became noted for his combination of naturalistic modeling and sensitive idealism, as seen in his Twilight (1879) and Diana (1883). A trip through the Northwest Territory in 1889 led to a series of Indian portrait medallions. Following his involvement as a juror and sculpture exhibitor at the Columbian Exposition (for which he also designed the souvenir half-dollar) in Chicago in 1893, Warner received wide recognition and the commission to design and model two bronze doors for the Library of Congress. Basing his conception on the theme of oral tradition and writing, Warner succeeded in completing only one of the doors before his sudden death after a bicycle accident in Central Park." TWO HUNDRED YEARS OF AMERICAN SCULPTURE


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