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Philip Evergood

American, 1901–1973

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Philip Evergood

American, 1901–1973

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For Philip Evergood (born Philip Blashki), painting was a form of social protest. In 1923, he studied at the Art Students League under George Luks, where he began painting contemporary life with artists John Sloan and Reginald Marsh. But it was the Great Depression that inspired the most drastic change in the artist’s oeuvre, as he turned to drawing horrific scenes of poverty directly from the city’s streets. At the same time, he became an advocate for social change, serving as managing supervisor of the New York WPA easel project and president of the Artists Union. More concerned with conveying emotion than beautiful composition, and influenced by El Greco, Paul Cézanne, and the Surrealists, he used what he described as “the nasty color or sickly color, the sweet color or violent color or pretty-pretty-dolly color that will express the mood of what I’m trying to put over.”

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

For Philip Evergood (born Philip Blashki), painting was a form of social protest. In 1923, he studied at the Art Students League under George Luks, where he began painting contemporary life with artists John Sloan and Reginald Marsh. But it was the Great Depression that inspired the most drastic change in the artist’s oeuvre, as he turned to drawing horrific scenes of poverty directly from the city’s streets. At the same time, he became an advocate for social change, serving as managing supervisor of the New York WPA easel project and president of the Artists Union. More concerned with conveying emotion than beautiful composition, and influenced by El Greco, Paul Cézanne, and the Surrealists, he used what he described as “the nasty color or sickly color, the sweet color or violent color or pretty-pretty-dolly color that will express the mood of what I’m trying to put over.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Articles Featuring Philip Evergood
Factory Workers, Black Power, and Jaded Youth in “Social Art in America: Then and Now” at ACA Galleries
May 18th, 2014
Factory Workers, Black Power, and Jaded Youth in “Social Art in America: Then and Now” at ACA Galleries
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