- French painter Bastien-Lepage (1848–1884) is presented here in profile, with his palette hooked over his left thumb and a brush in his right hand.
- Portrait medallions require the sculptor to work in what is called “low relief,” capturing the essence of the subject within fractions of an inch of depth.
- Saint-Gaudens, trained in the academies of New York and Paris, was one of the era’s most adept sculptors of the human figure. According to his son, the sculptor considered this portrait of his friend “to be as near perfection as he ever came.”
Mrs. Augustus Saint-Gaudens; given to the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, in 1910.