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Feb
14

Joie Katherine MacNeil 1922-1928

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Joie Katherine MacNeil is the Girl in “The Red Tam”

The Red Tam exhibits Kroll’s careful balancing of form and color. The flow of the red tam into the green scarf enlivens the simplified volumes of the sitter’s face. The painting is one of three Kroll portraits of the daughter of American sculptor Hermon MacNeil — Joie Katherine MacNeil.

Joie was the daughter and darling of the MacNeil household

This work exhibits a careful balancing of form and color. The flow of the red tam into the green scarf enlivens the simplified volumes of the face. Kroll’s traditional approach was at odds with the modernist artist’s desire to experiment with new styles and methods.

[ SOURCE INFO
SOURCE: Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Leon Kroll (American, 1884-1974) Creation date 1928. Oil on canvas. Dimensions 19-1/2 x 15 in. 25-5/8 x 21 in. (framed) Signed, l.r.: Leon Kroll. Accession number 30.47 Credit line – Purchased from the George T. Carleton Bequest. Copyright © Leon Kroll. Collection: American Painting and Sculpture to 1945

Joie’s Travels across the US, Hawaii, and Canada

When Joie was thirteen, she traveled with her parents to across the US. Their journeys began in Chicago, then San Francisco, next Hawaii, and Canada finally Massachusetts. The local newspaper told the story this way: 

‘[1924 June 27,  The Daily Sun,  Queens Borough; page 12; Col 4] Mr and Mrs Hermon Atkins MacNeil and their daughter, Joy, of North Boulevard, are on a three months’ trip to the coast.  They are going by automobile to Chicago, from where they will go to Kennilworth, Ill., to visit Mrs. MacNeil’s father.  From there they will go to San Francisco by train, and later to Honolulu to visit Mr. MacNeil’s brother, who is a professor at a College there.  On their return trip they will tour Canada and stop off at Chelsea, Mass.  Both Mr. and Mrs. MacNeil are nationally known as sculptors.

 

Her death notice in the Daily Star of Queens Borough

JOIE MACNEIL, 17, DAUGHTER OF SCULPTOR, DIES March 20, 1928.

Joie Katherine MacNeil, seventeen, daughter of Hermon A. MacNeil, noted American sculptor, died in Flushing Hospital of an infection which had been slowly draining her health since an attack of scarlet fever several years ago.

Miss MacNeil returned from Paris last fall with her mother, Mrs. Carol Brooks MacNeil, with whom she had been studying art in France.  The girl’s health had failed rapidly since, and for the last three months she had been confined to the MacNeil home on Fifth Avenue (North boulevard), College Point.   

She was removed to the Flushing Hospital  two weeks ago.

Only daughter and darling of the MacNeil household, Joie returned a year ago from the fashionable Oakmere Academy, a girls school at Mamaroneck, where she had completed a fall course and expressed great eagerness to accompany her parents to Europe.

In France she delighted her parents by applying herself to the study of art forms afforded in the best schools and galleries in Paris and by actually producing some very promising sketches and portrait studies, evincing marked talent with pencil and brush. 

Joie MacNeil bade fair to prove an artistic heritage as the daughter of the renowned sculptor and Mrs. MacNeil, herself a sculptress of wide reputation and an internationally recognized artist.

She leaves behind her parents, two brothers, Alden a recent graduate of Cornell University and now a student in the famous Fountainbleu art school, and Claude, an aviator and mechanical engineer on the staff of the Sikorsky Aircraft Manufacturing Company at College Point.

Funeral services will be held this evening at eight o’clock at the MacNeil home, the Rev. George Drew Egbert, rector of the First Congregational Church of Flushing officiating.

A special program of music for the occasion is being arranged by Thomas Burton, concert singer, a friend of Miss MacNeil and a neighbor.

Private services will follow tomorrow at the creamatory in Fresh Pond Cemetery, Maspeth, under the direction of C. Johann & Sons.

Source: The Daily Star, Queens Borough, Tuesday Evening, March 20, 1928. Page 4, column 7.

Joie MacNeil’s and her Parents’ Travel documents from 1919

https://www.questroyalfineart.com/artist/leon-1884-1974-kroll/
The full College Point News column appeared as follows:

https://hermonatkinsmacneil.com/?s=Joie

http://collection.imamuseum.org/artwork/55806/

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  1. Abraham Leon Kroll. The American painter went by “Leon” Kroll (born 1884 — died 1974). He began his artistic career at the age of 15. He studied at the Art Student’s League of New York from 1904-1908 as a student of Charles Curran, Francis C. Jones, Hermon MacNeil, George Maynard, and Charles W, Mielatz. His paintings received favorable comments from Winslow Homer. In 1908 he won the most prizes that the Academy had to offer. Awarded the Premier Award, the Mooney traveling award, which he used to study at Academe Julian with Jean Paul Laurens in Paris. He returned to the Academy in 1910 and taught there until 1918. He painted scenes of Central Park bridges and “The Brooklyn Bridge” in 1911. He would have been a colleague of Hermon MacNeil during this period. he sent condolences to Hermon’ widow in 1947.
    This painting is dated 1928 by the Indianapolis Art Museum. (Creation date 1928).
    This was the same year that Joie Katherine MacNeil died on March 20, 1928.

    SOURCE: “Paintings and Sculpture of the NATIONAL ACADEMY OF DESIGN, Vol. I, 1826-1925, Davis B. Dearinger., Gen. Ed., “Abraham Leon Kroll”, pp. 336-338

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