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Borglum, John Gutzon de la Mothe (John)

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Born: 1867 AD
Died: 1941 AD, at 73 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Sculptor

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1867 - He was born on the 25th of March in St. Charles, Bear Lake, Idaho, U.S.

1874 - At the age of 7, he moved to Nebraska, and later he graduated from Creighton Preparatory School.

1890-1893 - He studied art in San Francisco and then in Paris at the Académie Julian and the École des Beaux-Arts.

1896 - His painting and his sculpture were admitted to the officially recognized Salon there, and while in England, he received important commissions and royal recognition.

1901 - Borglum established himself in New York City, where he sculpted a bronze group called The Mares of Diomedes, the first piece of American sculpture bought for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

1915 - He approached by the United Daughters of the Confederacy with a project for sculpting a 70-foot statue of General Robert E. Lee on the mountain's rock face, the largest naked granite outcropping in the world.

1916 - He began cutting away rock and was able to unveil the head of Lee, but disputes with his patrons led Borglum shortly thereafter to abandon the enormous work, which was completed by others.

1927 - Borglum was commissioned by the state of South Dakota to turn Mount Rushmore, in the Black Hills, into another colossal monument.

1941 - He died on the 6th of March in Chicago, Illinois.


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