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Walter MacEwen (American, 1858-1943)

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Walter MacEwen (American, 1858-1943)


Oil-on-canvas, signed upper right

Painting Size: 14.25” x 19”
Frame Size: 21.25” x 26.25”

Originally from Chicago, MacEwen rose to fame as a talented expatriate artist of the late nineteenth and early 20th centuries. Cosmopolitan and versatile, he produced works in varying genres and styles, but was best known for his charming depictions of rural Dutch life. He spent his early years in Holland, where he studied the work of 17th-century Dutch masters as well as the more contemporary Hague School. In 1877 MacEwen enrolled at the Munich Academy, beginning a residence of over six decades in Europe. By 1886, he was studying at the Academie Julian in Paris with Robert-Fleury and showing his work to significant acclaim in the Paris Salon (1885-95, 1898-99), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago and many others. He would ultimately establish his primary residence in Paris, remaining there until war forced him to return home to America in 1940. MacEwen was pivotal in the establishment of the art colony at Egmond, Holland, keeping studios both there and in Paris. MacEwen covered a wide range of subjects during his time in Holland, specializing in domestic interiors, focusing the eye on the rich, silver sunlight that flows through open windows and on quiet, intimate moments as exemplified in this work.

Walter MacEwen: An American Expatriate Revisited, Telfair Academy August 29, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Art & Soul: Exhibit celebrates Walter MacEwen's creative and technical achievements by Allison Hersh September 6, 2009
Falk, Peter, ed. "Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975"