Marion Walton

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


4 responses to “Marion Walton

  1. This is an interesting site! I was looking for images of Marion Walton’s sculpture. The one picture on your site of the carved head is lovely. I met Marion in 1971 in Italy at the Henraux sculpture studio, in Querceta, LU. She would show up during the summer months and carve stone. I have a wonderful picture of all of the working artists and studio carvers during a moment of celebration. I treasure it for many of the people in the photo are no longer with us. That includes most of the carvers, Maria Papa, and Marion Walton.

  2. Marion “Mannie” Walton was actually born in Nov 1899. To Alice who replied to the post, I would love to see the pictures you have of her. I am her grandson and have many photos of her and her work I could share.

    • Thank you, Steve, for your information. I believe you can contact Alice through her website:
      Best Wishes,

    • Hello Steve,

      I would love to see more pictures of your grandmother’s work! Is there a web site with her art? If not you must create one so that everyone can view her
      creations. Looking forward to seeing more of her sculpture!


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