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Oklahoma State University

Roundtable with Priscilla Schwarz


"I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier: Maternal Pacifism and Annetta Johnson St. Gaudens' WWI Sculpture Salvation"
Led by Priscilla Schwarz, Ph.D., Lecturer of Art History


Wednesday, March 13
5 P.M. | OSU Museum of Art


Shortly after the U.S. joined its allies in the Great War (1917), Annetta Johnson St. Gaudens (1869-1943), though trained in the Beaux-Arts/Naturalist style of brother-in-law Augustus Saint-Gaudens, produced the earliest known pacifist sculpture of the World War I period: a 5' by 6' lunette entitled Salvation. She presented not only a spiritual salvation but a plea to save a warring world from men's physical threats to humanity. Exhibited in NYC galleries and noted in the press, Salvation displayed St. Gaudens' gendered socialist and pacifist views during a period in which the nation was dramatically divided over its participation in the war overseas.