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 Norwood Hodge MacGilvary  (1874 - 1949/50)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania/New York/California      Known for: landscape, figure, portrait, etching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
From Pittsburgh, Norwood MacGilvary studied at Berkeley (1896-1897) and the Mark Hopkins Institute (1897-1898) in the Bay Area of California before moving east in 1906. He also studied in England with Myron Barlow, and in Paris where he exhibited at the Paris Salon. In addition he exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Boston Art Club, Pennsylvania Academy, and the Pittsburgh Art Association.

During the 1915 Pan-American Exposition in San Francisco, he was in that area for an extended period of time.

From 1921 to 1943, he was a teacher at the Carnegie Institute. In addition to painting realistic New England landscapes, he did surrealistic paintings, which gave him a reputation as an artist-philosopher.

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Treadway Toomey Galleries, Oak Park, Illinois
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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Norwood Hodge MacGilvary was born in Siam where his parents were missionaries. He studied under Jean Paul Laurens at the Academie Julian in Paris from 1897 to 1898. He also studied under Mayron Barlow at Etaples, France from 1904-1906. He became an associate professor of painting at the Carnegie Institute in 1921.

Norwood MacGilvary has exhibited at the Salon in Paris, National Academy of Design, New York, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Art Institute in Chicago, Carnegie Institute. His work is in the permanent collection at the National Gallery in Washington D.C. He has also illustrated for "Harpers Magazine" in the 1920's. He died in 1950.

Source: Idler Fine Arts

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Norwood Hodge MacGilvary was born in Bangkok, Siam on Nov. 14, 1874 of American parents.  MacGilvary studied at UC Berkeley, Mark Hopkins Institute in San Francisco, with Myron Barlow in England and Laurens in Paris.  A resident of New York and Providence, RI, he was again in San Francisco for an extended period during the PPIE of 1915.  After returning to the East, he taught painting at the Carnegie Institute and worked as a freelance illustrator.

Member:  Salmagundi Club; American WC Society; Pittsburgh AA. 

Exh:  National Academy of Design (New York City), 1908; Boston Art Club, 1908; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1910; San Francisco Art Association, 1914; Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915 (medal). 

Works held in Public Places:  Detroit Inst. of Arts; National Museum of American Art (Washington, D.C.).
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Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1907-33; Who's Who in American Art 1936-47.
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Biography from Wolf's Fine Art:

Norwood Hodge MacGilvary was born on November 14, 1874 in Bangkok, Siam where his parents were missionaries.  During his youth, he traveled extensively, sometimes by elephant, and those travels included China.  At age fourteen, he returned to the States and was educated at a private school in Virginia before entering college.  In 1896, he was the class Valedictorian at Davidson College in North Carolina. 

Following Davidson, he studied both art and philosophy at Berkeley (1896-1897) and art at the Mark Hopkins Institute (1897-1898) in San Francisco.   MacGilvary also studied under Jean Paul Laurens at the Academie Julian in Paris and under Mayron Barlow at Etaples, France from 1904-1906.  When in Paris, his first exhibit was at the Paris Salon.  In 1906, he moved to the northeast to be a magazine illustrator.  Mr. MacGilvary worked at Cosmopolitan, Harper’s and Pictorial Review among others.  During the 1915 Pan-American Exposition in San Francisco, he was in that area for an extended period of time.

Mr. MacGilvary became an associate professor of painting at the Carnegie Institute in 1921 to 1943.  As president of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Mr. MacGilvary provided "Comments on the Exhibition of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh," for the Carnegie Magazine along with other reviews.   Active in the Rehoboth Art League, Mr. MacGilvary was one of the artists signing what are called the "Doors of Fame” sometime after the League’s dedication of their building at Henlopen Acres in Sussex County, Delaware in 1938.  When he died in 1949, his ashes were strewn from an airplane over the beach.  The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh also conferred a prize on his work, and shortly after his death, he was honored by a memorial show at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. 

The artist painted realistic pictures, such as portraits and eloquent New England landscapes.  He did not confine himself to those subjects though.  The artist also created philosophical paintings which are considered surrealistic.  In these philosophical paintings, he embraced subjects along the line of evolution, the desire of the human race to survive, the impermanence of individual life, and the problems of future existence.  During the six years after his retirement from the Carnegie Institute, he only painted portraits.

Norwood MacGilvary exhibited at the Panama-Pacific Exhibition in San Francisco (Silver), the Associated Artist of Pittsburgh (Prize), the Salon in Paris, the National Academy of Design in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The Art Institute in Chicago, the Kansas City Museum and the Carnegie Institute.   Mr. MacGilvary was a member of the American Watercolor Society, the Boston Art Club, Paris AAA, Pittsburgh AA, and the Salmagundi Art Club (Joined in 1916).  His works are to be found in many important collections including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Carnegie, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.


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