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A sculptor whose preferred media was bronze, Waldine Amanda Tauch was born in 1892 in Schulenburg, Texas, moving to Brady, Texas as a teenager. She evidenced talent at an early age, drawing from photographs. As a seven year old, she began to sculpt, using clay, then carving chalk, soap, wood and stone. As a teen, The Brady Tuesday Study Club asked her to sculpt a luncheon centerpiece of butter. This group then supported her talent by raising money for Tauch to study in San Antonio with Pompeo Coppini, which she began in 1910, two weeks before high school graduation. Coppini was impressed by Tauch's ability, and, when her money ran out, taught her for free. But the story, and the relationship, becomes convoluted when Coppini and his wife sought to adopt Tauch, even though she was an adult. And Coppini continued her education in sculpture on the condition that she never marry. She never did. Tauch became a naturalistic sculptor, influenced by Coppini's classical style. She received many commissions for portraits, fountains and memorials. Coppini, continuing his desire to control Tauch, at first opposed her desire to create monumental sculpture because of her small size, though she would eventually follow her own artistic needs. Tauch assisted Coppini in his studio in Chicago from 1918 to 1922. While there, in 1919, she executed a life-sized high relief in marble for a memorial of Maggie Miller Henderson, an early patron, which may be seen in Winchester, Kentucky. In 1923, Tauch was in New York City, helping Coppini with his commission for the Littlefield Fountain at the University of Texas, Austin. She would remain in New York for twelve years. In 1926, she produced her first large sculpture, the Indiana War Memorial--Monument to Civil and World War Heroes and Pioneers--in Bedford, Indiana. She also created small figures like "Boy and Eel," 1924, "Surfboard," 1924, and "Gulf Breeze," 1929, while in New York, for the Gorham Company for sales to a wider public. They were nudes, more personal and romantic than her more sober monuments. In 1929, she exhibited at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, and the National Sculpture Society; and in 1936, at the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors' forty-fifth annual exhibition. By 1935, Tauch had returned to San Antonio to successfully compete for commissions inspired by the Texas Centennial celebration in 1936. She sculpted, in 1935, "The First Shot Fired for Texas Independence," a life-sized bronze bas-relief in Cost, Texas, seven miles southwest of Gonzales, near the site of the battle of Gonzales. Other Centennial memorials include Moses Austin, 1937-38, in San Antonio; and Isaac and Frances C. Lipscomb Van ZandtVan Zandt County Pioneer Monument--1938, in Canton, Texas. Tauch lived in San Antonio for the rest of her life. She and Coppini would build a joint studio there. Among later, well-known sculptures in Texas by Tauch, are her "Pippa Passes," 1956, a life-sized bronze, high relief at Baylor University, Waco; "Texas Ranger of Today," 1960, an eight-foot bronze statue at the Union Terminal in Dallas; "Higher Education Reflects Responsibility to the World," 1965, a monumental bronze at Trinity University, San Antonio; and an eight-foot bronze of "General Douglas MacArthur," 1966-68, at Howard Payne University, Brownwood. Other works by Tauch may be found at the Witte Memorial Museum, and Grace Lutheran Church, both in San Antonio, Texas; the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and the Brownwood, Texas Library (Tauch's first public commission in 1911, a bas-relief commemorating Mrs. I. J. Rice). An opponent of abstract art, Tauch lectured throughout Texas on traditional art. She also taught sculpture at the San Antonio Art Academy and in her studio. Ever entwined with Coppini, she taught at Trinity Univers

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