Marion Walton was born in November, 1899 in New Rochelle, New York. She studied at the Art Students League and, from approximately 1922 to 1924, at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris under sculptor Antoine Bourdelle.
In 1933, Walton had a solo exhibition at the Weyhe Gallery and later participated in numerous group exhibitions in New York City and in Paris. Walton traveled widely in her lifetime, and was acquainted with many famous artists of her day including classmate Alberto Giacometti, and Pablo Picasso, who inspired her study of ceramics in Vallauris, France. Extremely self-critical, Walton destroyed some of her major early work since she felt it did not express what she intended. Walton’s style gradually moved from figuration to abstract carving. Her later work is profiled in Michael Seuphor’s “The Sculpture of This Century”.
Walton taught students in her studio in New York City and at Sarah Lawrence College and was a member of Artists Equity and the Sculptors Guild. She won a gold medal a the 1979 Biennale Internationale in Ravenna. Walton was married to James Putnam, assistant to the President of the publishing house, MacMillan Company. She died in 1996.
Photo: “Portrait of a Man,” African wonderstone, no date
“American Women Sculptors”, by Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein, Boston, G.K. Hall & Co., 1990