Mount Rushmore by Gutzon Birglum

The Sculptor
Gutzon Borglum

“American, drawn from American sources memorializing American experiences.”   -an interview with Borglum in 1908 where he explains the kind of art he creates.

(John) Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum (March 25, 1867 – March 6, 1941) is widely regarded as one of America’s greatest sculptors.  He is best known for creating one of America’s most beloved monuments – the colossal sculptures of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt at Mount Rushmore.  Big, brash almost larger than life, only a man like Borglum could have conceived of and created Mount Rushmore.

Borglum also created 170 sculptures and monuments during his lifetime.   His Mares of Diomedes was the first American sculpture purchased by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.  His work ranges from Western inspired pieces, to classical works and to those that honor and glorify the ideals and heroes that comprise the American experience.  One such piece is The Lincoln Portrait.Bust.