Norwood Hodge MacGilvary (New York/Pennsylvania/California 1874-1950) was born in 1874 in Bangkok, Siam (now Thailand). MacGilvary’s parents were missionaries and during his formative years and he traveled extensively with his parents. At age 14MacGilvary came to the United States, living in Virgina. In 1896 he was the class Valedictorian at Davidson College in North Carolina. Later MacGilvary studied both art and philosophy at UC Berkeley before studying art at the Mark Hopkins Institute in San Francisco in 1898. MacGilvary then left the US to study under Jean Paul Laurens at the Academie Julian in Paris, and then under Mayron Barlow at Etaples, France. When in Paris, MacGilvary had his first exhibition, at the Paris Salon. In 1906 MacGilvary moved to the northeast to be a magazine illustrator. MacGilvary worked at Cosmopolitan, Harper’s and Pictorial Review among others. MacGilvary returned to the Bay Area during the 1915 Pan-American Exposition and remained in the area for some time.
MacGilvary took a position as an associate professor of painting at the Carnegie Institute in 1921 where he remained until 1943. MacGilvary passed away in 1950.
During his lifetime MacGilvary painted a multitude of subject in varying style, but is often recognized for his surrealistic approach to many works, possible influenced by his studies in philosophy, exploring evolution and the human condition.
MacGilvary exhibited at the Panama-Pacific Exhibition in San Francisco, 1915 (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. He was also a member of the American Watercolor Society, the Boston Art Club, Paris AAA, Pittsburgh AA, and the Salmagundi Art Club. His are held in many public and private collections including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Carnegie Institute, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
This work is surrealistic in nature and shows MacGilvary’s concerns with war and it’s affects on the world.
Titled – Neutrality
Oil on artist’s board.
Measures 19.25″ X 15.25″ sight size, and 26.5″ x 22.5″ x 3.5″ overall including framing.