Brenda Putnam (1890-1975) was best known for her large garden figures, portraits, and bas reliefs but also for smaller, more intimate work like “Le Luther de Cremone” (1909, shown). She began her education at the Boston Museum School in 1905, continuing her studies at the Art Students League and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. Putnam went on to become a WPA artist during the Great Depression. She maintained a studio in New York where she taught. Much of her work is now housed in Syracuse University’s Carnegie Library.
Putnam wrote a well-regarded book for beginning sculptors, “The Sculptors Way” in which she advised young artists to ” learn to be poor and keep in good condition.”