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~ This Gallery celebrates Hermon Atkins MacNeil, American sculptor of the Beaux Arts School. MacNeil led a generation of sculptors in capturing many fading Native American images and American history in the realism of this classic style.

~ World’s Fairs, statues, public monuments, coins, and buildings across to country. Hot-links (on the lower right) lead to photos & info of works by MacNeil.

~ Hundreds of stories and photos posted here form this virtual MacNeil Gallery of works all across the U.S.A.  New York to New Mexico — Oregon to South Carolina.

~ 2016 marked the 150th Anniversary of Hermon MacNeil’s birth on February 27,

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Perhaps you walk or drive by one of MacNeil's many sculptures daily. Here you can gain awareness of this artist and his works.

For over one hundred years his sculptures have graced our parks, boulevards, and parkways; buildings, memorials, and gardens; campuses, capitols, and civic centers; museums, coinage, and private collections.

Maybe there are some near you!

Oct
16

MacNeil Interview: 1924

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In 1924, Joseph Walker McSpadden interviewed Hermon A. MacNeil at his College Point studio on the north shore of Long Island (now Queens).  He published lengthy exerts of that visit in his book, Famous Sculptors of American . We have recently acquired a discarded copy of the work and will be offering exerts from it in months to come.

"Sun Vow" facial details illustrate McSpadden's comments in these faces. (Art Institute of Chicago)


"Moqui Runner" facial details

In his volume, McSpadden suggested that MacNeil interpreted Native Americans “with a sympathy and insight particularly his own.” He conversed with MacNeil about his witnessing of the Snake dance and other ceremonies of southwest tribal life in 1895.

He takes a lengthy quote from a September 1909 article (“The Art of MacNeil”) in an art periodical called the Craftsman as saying:

“In ‘Moqui Runner,’ ‘Primitive Chant,’ ‘The Sun Vow,’ ‘The Coming of the White Man’,’ and many others of his Indian statues, MacNeil always gives you the feeling of the Indian himself, of his attitude of his own vanishing tribes, and his point of view toward the white race which has absorbed his country. it was never the Indian of the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, trapped out for curiosity seekers, but the grave, sad, childlike man of the plains,faithful to his own tribe, once loyal to us, though now resentful; and always a thinker, a poet, and a philosopher.”

“Moqui Runner” facial and torso detail

 

 


"Coming of the White Man" captures proud gaze of the Mulnomah chief.

McSpadden’s work provides a valuable piece of history, namely MacNeil’s own comments on his life, thoughts, and sculptures.

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WHAT YOU FIND HERE.

Nearby or far away, there is no ONE place to go and appreciate this wide range of art pieces. Located in cities from east to west coast, found indoors and out, public and hidden, these creations point us toward the history and values in which our lives as Americans have taken root.

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1. Take digital photos of the entire work from several angles, including the surroundings.
2. Take close up photos of details that capture your imagination.
3. Look for MacNeil’s signature, often on bronze works. Photograph it too! See examples above.
4. Please, include a photo of yourself and/or those with you standing beside the work.
5. Add your comments or a blog of your adventure. It adds personal interest for viewers.
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