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 Victor David Brenner  (1871 - 1924)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: sculptor-portrait medals, medallions

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
From Lithuania, Victor Brenner became a noted medallion and coin sculptor, and was the designer of the 1909 Lincoln head penny, which commemorated the centennial birth date of Abraham Lincoln. It was the first penny to have the wording "In God We Trust" (that motto had first appeared in 1864 on a two-cent coin that was discontinued).

Brenner studied at the Academie Julian in Paris and emigrated to the United States in 1890. Based in New York, he was a member of the National Sculpture Society, the National Arts Club, and the Architectural League. His work can be found at the Architectural League in New York, the Metropolitan Museum, the Paris Mint, and the Vienna Numismatic Society.

Donald Martin Reynolds, "Masters of American Sculpture"
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

Biography from Whistler House Museum of Art:
The following is from Peter Kostoulakos, ISA ˜ Fine Art Consultant

Victor David Brenner (1871-1924)

Victor David Brenner — sculptor and medalist — was born in Shavely, Russia on June 12, 1871 and died in New York City on April 5, 1924. He immigrated to New York City in 1890 and then, from 1898 to 1901, Brenner was in Paris studying art. He was a pupil of Louis Oscar Roty (1846-1911) and, at the Academie Julian, he studied with Peuch, Verlet, and Dubois. Brenner's address in 1918 was 18 East 8th Street, New York City.

Success came to Brenner often after his Paris training. He was a member of the National Sculpture Society, 1902; the New York Architectural League, 1902; the National Arts Club; and the American Numismatic Society. Brenner's exhibitions and awards were plentiful: a bronze medal at the Paris Exposition, 1900; an honorable mention at the Paris Salon, 1900; a bronze medal at the Panama- American Exposition in Buffalo, NY, 1901; a silver medal at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, MO, 1904; a gold medal at the Universal Exposition in Brussels, Belgium, 1910; a silver medal at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, CA, 1915; the J. Sanford Saltus silver medal for the American Numismatic Society's achievement in medallic art, 1922; the National Sculpture Society; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Some of the many portrait plaques include: James Abbott McNeill Whistler; Carl Schurz; Collis P. Huntington; Fridtjof Nansen; J. Sanford Saltus; Washington Irving; George Washington; John Paul Jones; and Abraham Lincoln. He did work for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Paris Mint; the Luxembourg in Paris; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA; the New York Historical Society; and Clark University in Worcester, MA.

Brenner's creations are represented by the Whistler House Museum of Art
in Lowell, MA; the San Diego Museum of Art in San Diego, CA; the Walters
Art Gallery in Baltimore, MD; the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor,
MI; the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN; Harvard University
in Cambridge, MA; the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, MD; the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore, MD; the New York Public Library in New York City; the Brooklyn Borough Hall in Brooklyn, NY; the City of Pittsburg in PA; the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, CT; the City of New York on Long Island; and the New York Historical Society in New York City.

References: Who Was Who in American Art, vol. I, page 75; Davenport's Art Reference 2001/2002, page 284; Fielding's 1986, page 99; Mallett's, page 52; Dealer's Choice Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters... page 171; Whistler House Museum of Art files.

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San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition 1915

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