Philip Evergood, American (1901 - 1973)

Philip Evergood

Philip Howard Francis Dixon Evergood (born Howard Blashki; 1901–1973) was an American painter, etcher, lithographer, sculptor, illustrator and writer. He was particularly active during the Depression and World War II era.  

Philip Evergood was born in New York City. His mother was English and his father, Miles Evergood, was an Australian artist who, in 1915, changed his name from Blashki to Evergood. Philip Evergood's formal education began in 1905. He studied music and by 1908 he was playing the piano in a concert with his teacher.

He attended different English boarding schools starting in 1909 and was educated mainly at Eton and Cambridge University. In 1921 he decided to study art, left Cambridge, and went to London to study with Tonks at the Slade School.

In 1923 Evergood went back to New York where he studied at the Art Students League of New York for a year. He then returned to Europe, worked at various jobs in Paris, painted independently, and studied at the Académie Julian, both with André Lhote and with Stanley William Hayter; Hayter taught him engraving.

He returned to New York in 1926 and began a career that was marked by the hardships of severe illness, an almost fatal operation, and constant financial trouble.

It was not until the collector Joseph H. Hirshhorn purchased several of his paintings that he could consider his financial troubles over. Evergood worked on WPA art projects from 1934 to 1937 where he painted two murals: The Story of Richmond Hill (1936–37, Public Library branch, Queens, N.Y.) and 'Cotton from Field to Mill (1938, Jackson, Ga.). He taught both music and art as late as 1943, and finally moved to Southbury, Connecticut, in 1952. He was a full member of the Art Students League of New York and the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

He was killed in a house fire in Bridgewater, Connecticut, in 1973 at the age of 72.

This is a partial list of works by Evergood in museums.

  • Smithsonian (numerous)
  • Tate Gallery, London (numerous)
  • Boston Museum of Fine Arts (numerous)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (numerous)
  • Art Institute of Chicago (numerous)
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (numerous)
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York (numerous)
  • Hunter Museum of American Art (Love on the Beach, 1937)
  • Brooklyn Museum of Art (numerous)
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Montclair Art Museum (Fascist Company, 1942)
  • Orange County Museum of Art (Madonna of the Mines, 1932)
  • Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago
  • Terra Foundation for the Arts (Passing Show, 1951)
  • Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota, Duluth (Pittsburgh Family, 1944)
  • University of Kentucky Art Museum (Self-Portrait, 1960)
  • Whitney Museum of American Art (Lily and the Sparrows, 1939, The New Lazarus 1954)
  • Vatican Museum (Strange Bird Contemplating the Doom of Man)
  • Jule Collins Smith Museum at Auburn University (Fascist Leader, 1946)
  • Baltimore Museum of Art (No Sale, 1945, Flight of Fancy, 1947)
  • Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA ("Music", 1933-1959)
  • Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA (The Rubber Raft, 1945)
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