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Gift from Diane and Sam Stewart, SLC
Born to an immigrant Danish woodcarver near Bear Lake, Idaho, Borglum began his study of art at public schools in Nebraska and Kansas before beginning an apprenticeship with a Los Angeles lithographer. His early works include mostly western subjects, paintings given to California benefactors who later funded his travel to Paris in 1888.
Borglum studied at the Julien Academy and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, after which he exhibited in Paris and toured Spain. During 1895-1901 he had his first important exhibitions in Paris and London, during which he was considered to be one of the most prominent followers of Rodin.
Borglum returned to the United States and opened a studio in New York in 1902. Throughout his life he was a teacher as well as an artist. He was known for his large scale sculptures, especially the colossal Mount Rushmore.