March 1, 1903|
New York City, New York, USA
|Died||March 14, 1999
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
|Spouse||Patrick Morgan (m. 1931; div. 1970)|
Maud (Cabot) Morgan (March 1, 1900 – March 14, 1999) was an American modern artist and teacher who is best known for her abstract expressionism. She mentored Frank Stella and Carl Andre, and had art pieces shown alongside such notable contemporaries as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. Morgan's life began in New York City to an aristocratic family. She was also known as Boston's Modernist Doyenne.
She died from complications resulting from pneumonia in 1999.
Education and Early Life
Morgan attended Barnard College. Upon graduating, she moved to Paris to study at The Sorbonne. She travelled throughout the world and met such notable people as Mahatma Gandhi, and travelled Europe with the likes of James Joyce and Earnest Hemmingway. She later travelled to Russia to witness and experience communism, and came back to Paris, where she met her husband, Patrick Morgan, a French contemporary artist, whose influence encouraged her to paint. Together they moved back to New York City.
In 1938, Morgan showed her first exhibit, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as the Whitney Gallery purchased some of her works. Just as her career was blooming, she decided to move with her husband to Andover Massachusetts, where he had acquired a teaching position. As a woman artist working in a Boston suburb, away from the New York spotlight, Morgan's chances for serious recognition became severely reduced.
In an 1996 interview in the Boston Globe, Morgan confirmed that she believed her move to Andover sorely undermined the possibility of becoming recognized.
"I was in just the right hot spot. I think I could have made it into--I'm not saying the top echelon--but I could have made . . . a certain kind of fame."
It has been speculated that another factor in Morgan's lack of fame was that her work was not identifiably feminine. In contrast to other noteworthy female artists, Morgan's work, as critic Mary Sherman stated, did not conform to "our notions of female art."
While she lived in Andover, she taught art are Abbot Academy and continued to expand and experiment her media in art. She exhibited at the Margaret Brown Gallery in Boston. In the late 1950s, her works were exhibited regularly at the Barbara Singer Gallery, and she was given one-person shows at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, the Fuller Art Museum in Brockton, the Addison Gallery in Andover, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
In 1980, a film titled Light Coming Through, directed by Rickie Leacock, the head of the MIT film department, was released. The film focused on Morgan's career and works in painting.
In 1995, at the age of 92, Maud published her autobiography, "Morgan's Journey: A Life from Art".
Notable Honors and Awards
To celebrate Morgan's 90th birthday in 1990, her friends donated funds to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts that established an award in her name. This award is presented to women artists of Massachusetts annually.
- "Maud Morgan, 96; Eclectic Artist". Los Angeles Times. 1999-03-17. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
- ISBN 0915117169 / 0-915117-16-9
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