Gerald and Sara Murphy on La Garoupe beach, Antibes, Summer 1926. Gerald and Sara Murphy Papers, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Overheard in the Galleries

Last week, a group of seniors visiting from Ghent, NY, were impressed with the American Collection on display. One visitor announced “I’m 103 and I knew and lived by Frederick W. MacMonnies many years ago.”

MacMonnies, a celebrated American sculptor, was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1863. As a young man the artist studied under fellow sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens before going on to excel at the famed Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Although he achieved great success in France, MacMonnies returned to America after the outbreak of World War I, and remained in New York until his death in 1937… very possibly overlapping there with our recent visitor.


Frederick William MacMonnies, Study of a Stamdomg Male Nude, ca. 1880s. Charcoal and conte crayon on paper. Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon.

MacMonnies’s Study of a Standing Male Nude (ca.1880s) is currently on view in American Art: Colonial Period through Mid-Twentieth Century. Stop by the exhibition and see it for yourself!

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