Mary Bonner (Texas, 1887-1935), "The Well" (etat) from "Quelques Types de Roscoff", 1924, etching, sight 7.5 x 5.75", frame: 11 x 9" Unsigned, early proof state inscribed "etat"
The McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas is currently holding the exhibit "100 Years of Printmaking in San Antonio: Mary Bonner", through April 1, 2018. In 1924, Bonner published a folio of 10 drypoints inspired by a trip to Roscoff in the northern party of Brittany on the Golfe de St. Malo. Mary Bonner lived most of her life in San Antonio with long periods of time in Paris, France. She began her formal art training at age sixteen, and her first teacher was Robert Onderdonk. She went to New York in 1922, and that summer went to France and became a student of Edouard-Henri Leon, one of France's renowned engraver. By 1925, she was exhibiting with the foremost French etchers in two salons of the the Society of French Artists. Bonner was active in the San Antonio Art League and maintained studios both in that city and in Paris, France. She spent the remainder of her life in San Antonio, Texas.