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Bonnie sculptor born

January
02
1890

On this day in 1890, sculptor Bonnie MacLeary was born in San Antonio. At age six the precocious child fashioned her first sculpture out of clay from the banks of the San Antonio River. After her parents divorced, she was raised by her grandparents in Austin. MacLeary studied art in New York, Paris, and Italy and determined that sculpture would be her mode of expression. In 1924 her bronze Aspiration, displayed at the National Academy of Design three years earlier, became the first sculpture created by a Texan to be acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Despite a painful divorce and the destruction of many of her works in a studio fire in the mid-1920s, MacLeary’s career continued to flourish, and her pieces, especially her statues of graceful female forms, achieved tremendous popularity not only in the art world but also as replicas in jewelry stores. The Witte Museum in San Antonio and Baylor University in Waco display examples of her work. Bonnie MacLeary died in 1971.

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