(1856 - 1930)
Alexander Sangernebo was active/lived in Indiana / Russian Federation. Alexander Sangernebo is known for terra-cotta sculpture, decoration, figurative work.
Biography from the Archives of askART
Born in Estonia, Russia, Alexander Sangernebo left that country for the
United States in the early 1880s and first lived in St. Louis before
settling in Indiana where he became chief sculptor of the Indianapolis
Terra Cotta Company in Brightwood. He lived two miles north at
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In 1898, he opened a studio in his home and had a strong clientele for
figural work and public and private building motifs. A century
later, he would be described as a "master terra-cotta designer and
sculptor" who created "most of the architectural terra cotta
ornamentation, along with several examples of applied sculpture in
stone in Indianapolis before 1930." (Newton 116)
In January, 1899, he married Emma Eyles of Pittsburgh, a portrait
painter whom he had met when she was visiting art shows in
Indianapolis. The couple had two daughters, Vera and Marie.
Later those daughters recalled a magical childhood with a totally
From 1912 to 1915, Alexander taught decorative modeling at the Herron
Institute. He was also active in the Indiana Art Club, and a
member of the Indianapolis Atheneum. Into the 1920s, his
commissions began dwindling, so the couple moved from their home in
Brightwood, which had been his place originally, to an apartment in
Indianapolis. Emma picked up much of the financial slack with the
success of her portraits, which she painted from a studio on East
Market Place formerly occupied by Wayman Adams.
Alexander Sangernebo died at home in late January, 1930.
His work is represented in Indianapolis at the Blind Institute, Union
Station, Lincoln Hotel, St. Joan of Arc Church and the Indiana National
Judith Vale Newton and Carol Ann Weiss, Skirting the Issue: Stories of Indiana's Historical Women Artists
Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art
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