Frederick W. MacMonnies

Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a boy wrestling a heron
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a boy wrestling a heron
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a boy wrestling a heron
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Frederick MacMonnies
American, 1863 – 1937
Young Faun with Heron, 1889-1890
Bronze, 28 H. inches
Signed and dated on the base: Jaboeuf & Rouard Foundry, Paris

Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a pioneer woman
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a pioneer woman
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a pioneer woman
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Alt text: Detail of a bronze sculpture of a pioneer woman

Frederick William MacMonnies
American, 1863 – 1937

Pioneer Mother, 1907-1911 (reduction)
Pioneer Monument; Pioneer Memorial Fountain, Denver, Colorado
Bronze, dark green and brown patina
14 ½ H. x 20 ½ W. x 9 ¾ D. inches
36.8 H. x 52.1 W. x 24.8 D. centimeters
Signed right rear base: F.MACMONNiES
Stamped rear base: JABOEUF & ROUARD/FONDEURS A PARIS

Artist Description

Frederick William MacMonnies (September 28, 1863 – March 22, 1937) was the best known expatriate American sculptor of the Beaux-Arts school, as successful and lauded in France as he was in the United States. He was also a highly accomplished painter and portraitist.

He was born in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, New York and died in New York City.

Three of MacMonnies’ best-known sculptures are Nathan Hale, Bacchante and Infant Faun, and Diana.

In 1880 MacMonnies began an apprenticeship under Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and was soon promoted to studio assistant, beginning his lifelong friendship with the acclaimed sculptor. MacMonnies studied at night with the National Academy of Design and The Art Students League of New York. In Saint-Gaudens’ studio, he met Stanford White, who was turning to Saint-Gaudens for the prominent sculptures required for his architecture.

In 1884 MacMonnies traveled to Paris to study sculpture at the École des Beaux-Arts, twice winning the highest award given to foreign students. In 1888 he opened a studio in Paris and began to create some of his most famous sculptures, which he submitted annually to the Paris Salon. In his atelier, he mentored such notable artists as Janet Scudder and Mary Foote. He was taught at the Académie Vitti in 1904.

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