Frederick William MacMonnies, American, 1863 - 1937
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Frederick MacMonnies began as an apprentice in the studio of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, where he assisted with many of his master's greatest projects. Launching his own career in France, he opened a studio in Paris in 1889 and soon won an international reputation with successes at the Paris Salon and the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Like Saint-Gaudens, he was inspired by classical sculpture, which he revitalized with the academic naturalism of the period and his own sense of movement and merriment. His Bacchante dances with the infant Bacchus to celebrate the joy of wine.