Norwood Hodge MacGilvary (1874 – 1949)

The painting day dreaming by Norwood is oil on canvas measures 24×12 inches it is part of the fine art collection in the F.A.M.

Norwood Hodge MacGilvary , Farhat Art Museum collection ,مجموعة متحف فرحات

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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