WELCOME to the “Hermon A. MacNeil” — Virtual Gallery & Museum !

~ 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,

Take a Virtual Journey

This website seeks to transport you through miles and years with a few quick clicks of a mouse or keyboard or finger swipes on an iPad.

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!

Hermon MacNeil’s Teachers: The French Connection

Settling in Paris in 1889, Hermon MacNeil studied as a pupil of Henri M. Chapu at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Arts) and as a pupil of Alexandre Falguière at the Julien Academy.

MacNeil first traveled to Paris in the summer of 1888 between his second and third years of teaching at the Sibley College of Cornell University. Robert Thurston, the Dean of Sibley, recognized his talent and encouraged him to consider studying sculpture in Paris. He traveled there in the summer months to see the “city of enlightenment” for himself.

Henri M. Chapu (29 September 1833 – 21 April 1891) “was a French sculptor in a modified Neoclassical tradition who was known for his use of allegory in his works” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Chapu) MacNeil’s later reliance on allegory in composing his figures stems from his Beaux Arts training from teachers such as Chapu.

Alexandre Falguière  (7 September 1831 – 20 April 1900) was a French sculptor and painter. Falguière’s first bronze statue of importance was Le Vainqueur au Combat de Coqs (Victor of the Cockfight) (1864), and Tarcisius the Christian Boy-Martyr followed in 1867; both are now in the Musée d’Orsay.[1  

On a visit to the Musee d’Orsay in May 2015, I was able examine and photograph these works of MacNeil’s teachers from 126 years ago. Here are several candids of these marble pieces.

Jeanne dArc A Domrem by Henri Chapu 1870

Jeanne dArc A Domremy by Henri Chapu 1870

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Joan of Arc by Henri Chapu 1870

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Alexandre Falguiere 

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Alexandre Falguiere (1831-1900), Tarcisius, martyr chretien, 1867

Alexandre Falguiere (1831-1900), Tarcisius, martyr chretien, 1867

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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WE DESIRE YOUR DIGITAL PHOTOS – Suggestions

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.
6. Send photos to HAMacNeil@gmail.com Contact me there with any questions. ~~ Webmaster