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Sarah Morris (Greene) Wise

 (1877 - 1919)
Sarah Morris (Greene) Wise was active/lived in Illinois / France.  Sarah Wise is known for modernist figure sculpture.

Sarah Morris (Greene) Wise

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Wise, Sarah Morris (Greene)     (1877-1919)

"Women and Their Doings"
Miss Sarah Morris Greene, the young American woman who was recently decorated by the French Government in appreciation of her artistic achievements, is a native of Chicago. Her first teacher in the United States was St. Gaudens. Since the death of the American sculptor, she has made her home in Paris, working under Charpentier and Rodin, both of whom have pronounced her a wonderful artist. Miss Greene exhibits regularly in the Salons at Paris.

This spring she is showing a Figure of a Woman, said to belong to the Rodin, or Impressionistic school. Her style is very virile. Miss Greene is said to be thoroughly feminine in all her ways and is unusually modest about her work. Her exhibition this year has created widespread comment, all of which has been of an unusually flattering nature.

The Evening Star (Independence, Kansas) 8 June, 1912.
A sculptor, she died at her home in New York City, May 11, 1919.  She was a pupil of Rodin. 

American Art Annual,
Obituaries, 1919.
"Rendezvous Des’ Poilus"

One of the most touching scenes of the war was the manner in which the French seamen and soldiers thronged the funeral of Mrs. Sarah Greene Wise, wife of John S. Wise, Jr.  (Excerpt from The New York Herald) 

Her friends say that Mrs. Wise, who had been an invalid for many months prior to her death, died of a broken heart caused by the death of her only son by a previous marriage, “Jack” Wright.  “Jack” was killed in the Aviation Service in France. 

After the death of her son Mrs. Wise had a placard in red letters put up in her studio reading “Rendezvous des Poilus.” And the poilus and the American privates came by the score. Every afternoon and night the place was theirs to do as they pleased. They danced and sang and related their adventures to the frail hostess who was so weak that she had to be carried in her chair to the gatherings. That was her life now – giving pleasure to the men who had fought with her son. After an hour or two in the evening when the hostess grew a bit weary two poilus would grasp her chair and carry her gently upstairs, but she would insist that they go on with their merriment.  Friends estimate that more than fifteen-thousand soldiers had been entertained in Mrs. Wise’s studio during her illness.

The Kappa Alpha Journal, Volume 36, Issue 2.  December, 1919.
Submitted by Edward P. Bentley, Art Researcher and Historian, Greenville, Michigan.

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About  Sarah Morris (Greene) Wise

Born:  1877 - Onerta, Illinois
Died:   1919 - New York City
Known for:  modernist figure sculpture