1962 (Fairlee, Vermont)
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Henry Ryan MacGinnis, 1875-1962, was born in Indiana and began his art
studies under the eminent Hoosier artists T.C. Steele, J.O. Adams and William
Forsyth. One of his earliest exhibitions was in 1896, when he showed his work
with other notable Hoosier artists such as T.C. Steele, J. Ottis Adams, R.B.
Gruelle, William Forsyth, Otto Stark and Clarence Ball.
1900, MacGinnis left Indiana to study in Europe. For five years,
he painted and studied in Paris and Munich, where he won Honorable
Mention from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He was a
member of the Audubon Artists, Hoosier Salon, Salmagundi Club, and
In 1908, soon after MacGinnis returned to the
states, William Merritt Chase, chairman of the Exhibition Committee of
the 19th Annual Exhibition of the Art Club in Philadelphia, selected
the MacGinnis painting New Hampshire Hills for an important
exhibit. The show included paintings from other artists such as
Mary Cassatt, Ernest Lawson, Childe Hassam and William Merritt Chase.
broad look at MacGinnis' work suggests a concern with impressionism;
however, for the most part, MacGinnis stayed within the realm of
realism often softened by an impressionistic approach. As
mentioned, MacGinnis began painting with the Hoosier artists in
Indiana, primarily focusing on landscapes from that region.
1924, MacGinnis moved to Trenton, New Jersey where he both taught and
continued to paint. He focused on painting portraits and
landscapes near the Delaware River and New Hope, Pennsylvania
region. During this period, he also painted many landscapes and
seascapes in Provincetown, Massachusetts, Cape Breton, New Jersey, and
in Vermont and New Hampshire.
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