Evergood, Philip

Evergood, Philip,

1901–73, American painter and etcher, b. New York City. His original name was Philip Blashki. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge and studied art in New York City and Paris. Evergood was famed for his murals, including The Story of Richmond Hill (1936–37; Public Library branch, Queens, N.Y.) and Cotton from Field to Mill (1938; U.S. Post Office, Jackson, Ga.). His work combines realism with fantasy, as in Lily and the Sparrows (1939; Whitney Mus., New York City). In the 1950s Evergood concentrated on symbolism, both biblical and mythological. A characteristic work is The New Lazarus (1954; Whitney Mus.).

Bibliography

See his graphic work, selected by L. R. Lippard (1966); study by J. Baur (1960).

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Evergood, Philip

(1901–73) painter; born in New York City. Educated at Cambridge University, England, he came to New York City (1923) to study with George Luks at the Art Students League. Influenced by the Depression of the 1930s, he painted scenes of social protest. He is best remembered for his surrealistic paintings, such as Lily and the Sparrows (1939).
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