Frederick MacMonnies American, 1863-1937

Overview

Residing in France for much of his professional career, MacMonnies often visited the quaint town of Givérny, home to the reclusive Claude Monet and numerous American Impressionists in the final decade of the nineteenth century. By 1894 the town was the MacMonnies' favorite summer retreat, and in 1898 he moved permanently with his first wife into an old priory in Givérny, christened the "MacMonastery" by friends. It was at this time, just as the new century dawned, MacMonnies launched his cacreer as a painter. Though he continued to produce sculpture, the artist happily painted portraits and occasionally submitted paintings to the annual salon of the Société des Artistes Français.

 

Frederick MacMonnies is best known today as one of the leading figurative sculptors of the American Renaissance. An aesthetic heir to Augustus Saint-Gaudens, he studied at academies in Munich and Paris and worked in the Beaux-Arts style so popular at the turn of the century. In 1893, his impressive sculpture, Barge of State dominated the central lagoon at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, vaulting him to fame as an international celebrity.

Awards

Art Club of Philadelphia, Gold Medal

International Exposition, Gold Medal

Exhibitions

World's Fair Exposition, 1893

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY

Museums and Public Collections

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts

Amon Carter Museum, Texas

Art Institute of Chicago

Brooklyn Museum, New York City

Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin

Currier Gallery of Art, New Hampshire

Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of the National Academy of Design, New York City

New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut

Palmer Museum of Art at Pennsylvania State University

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona

Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Tampa Museum of Art, Florida

Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago

The Huntington Library, California

Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania

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