Pioneer Woman

  • Roman Bronze Works, Inc., Bryant Baker, Pioneer Woman, modeled 1927, cast 1968, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1968.126

Luce Center Label

In 1926, Bryant Baker won a competition to sculpt a seventeen-foot-high bronze monument in Ponca City, Oklahoma. He crafted this smaller version of Pioneer Woman before unveiling the monument on April 22, 1930, to a crowd that included President Herbert Hoover, humorist Will Rogers, and oil magnate E. W. Marland, who had funded the project.

Luce Object Quote
"It is undoubtedly one of the most insouciant, sincere and human plastic presentations of the century." Kineton Parkes, quoted in "An Anglo-American Sculptor," Apollo: A Journal of the Arts, October 1932
Pioneer Woman
modeled 1927, cast 1968
On View
Not on view.
32 x 15 x 16 1/8 in. (81.3 x 38.1 x 41.1 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

  • Recreation – leisure – strolling
  • Dress – historic – pioneer dress
  • History – United States – westward expansion
  • Figure group – female and child
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