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 M. Evelyn McCormick  (1869 - 1948)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: figure, town-landscape, floral painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
M. Evelyn McCormick was born in Placerville, CA on June 16, 1869. McCormick moved to San Francisco with her family as an infant.

There she later studied at the School of Design under Carlsen, Williams, and Yelland. At that school a love affair with artist Guy Rose flared and continued while both were in Paris at Académie Julian. The pair painted in Giverny before returning to San Francisco in 1891.

During the late 1890s she maintained a second studio in Monterey. Her affair with poet Charles Warren Stoddard in 1895 produced an illegitimate child who grew up to become artist Otheto Weston.

After the earthquake of 1906, McCormick moved to the Royal Hotel in Monterey and established a studio on the second floor of the Custom House. At the opening of the Del Monte Gallery in 1907, the critics compared her work to that of Hassam and Monet.

An Impressionist, she specialized in oils of Monterey's historic buildings and adobes. McCormick was commissioned by the city of Monterey to paint depictions of twelve local buildings in the area; these works now hang in the Monterey City Hall and other public offices. A spinster, she died at the Royal Hotel on May 6, 1948.

 Member: San Francisco Art Association; Carmel AA; Sketch Club (SF).

Exh: Calif. State Fair, 1881, 1901; Paris Salon, 1891; San Francisco Art Association, 1892-1916; Berlin, 1891; World's Columbian Expo (Chicago), 1893; Mechanics' Inst. (SF), 1892; Calif. Midwinter Int'l Expo, 1894; National Academy of Design (New York City), 1896; Del Monte Art Gallery (Monterey), 1907-12; Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915 (bronze medal); Calif. Artists, DeYoung Museum, 1915; Gump's (SF), 1924; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939.

Works Held in Public Places: UC Berkeley Museum; Monterey Peninsula Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs (Bénézit, E); Art in California (R. L. Bernier, 1916); Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); California Impressionism (Wm. Gerdts & Will South); American Art Annual 1903-17; California State Library (Sacramento); Women Artists of the American West; Death record; Monterey Peninsula Herald, 5-7-1948 (obituary).
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One of the first women artists in California to embrace Impressionism, Evelyn McCormick spent much of her career painting adobes and missions around the Monterey Peninsula. In the 1930s, she painted twelve oils of historic buildings in Monterey filling a commission from the city's government.

Although her style was somewhat loose, she paid strict attention to architectural details in her many depictions of structures. Typically her paintings are drenched in sunlight. She also did still lifes and European scenes from several trips to France, Italy, and England.

She was born in Placerville and studied in San Francisco at the California School of Design with Virgil Williams, Emil Carlsen, and Raymond Dabb Yelland. She traveled to Paris to study art further and was in Giverny with Guy Rose. In 1892, she returned to San Francisco and continued regular painting excursions to Monterey where she established a studio in the second floor of the Customs House in 1899. By 1914, she became a year-round resident of Monterey.

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