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Philip Evergood Hardcover – 1960


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  • Hardcover: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Whitney Museum of American Art (1960)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007G0SBI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,642,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cover is different from that in my original edition by Praeger for the Whitney Museum but the data indicate this is the same as mine in content.
Philip Evergood, by chance, was born on the same day or within days of my father, in 1901. It started out to be a good year to be born: just too young to be drafted into the first Great War, then boom years (comparatively speaking) of the 1920's. Then 1929, the Crash, followed by the worst depression in American history. Then, some reward in not being drafted into the second Great War, but the pain of seeing their boys to War but not return.
Evergoods early year's were not ordinary. His father, an unsuccessful Jewish painter in Australia before his wanderlust set him traveling, his mother, from an elite English family. His father, before marriage rejected his Orthodox heritage, and later, his 'foreign-sounding' Jewish name Meyer Evergood(translation of his mother's Immergut) Blatski) becoming Meyer Evergood and Philip Blashki, became Philip Evergood. His father's explanation was that he did not want his son to face the prejudice in England which already was hindering his career opportunities as he was rejected from education at the appropriate college for a Naval career. Philip had dual citizenship and though his education was in England schools, he was granted American citizenship, a commitment from which he never turned.
This volume was prepared as an accompaniment to a 1960 retrospective at the Whitney Museum with which he had an excellent relationship in those years. Obviously, it ends with the artist on the verge of his elder years.
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Philip Evergood was born in New York, the son of an Englishwoman and an Australian artist who changed his name legally from Blashki in 1915. This he did to help his son get along in a world not overly sympathetic to the aspirations of a Jewish boy with talent. In fact, he was raised in the religious traditions of his higher status mother, educated in her country, among her family, and, yet, his adult years were little different in commitments and career than had he been allowed to remain in the bosom of his father's ancestors.
This book by John I. H. Bauer, long associated with the Whitney Museum, which was often generous in the display of Evergood's work,is an excellent study of his life and works. Typical of the period in which it was published, Harry Abrams produced a fine volume with text and illustrations of the highest calibre, save that there are only 50+ illustrations in color, fewer than we now expect. With Bauer as our guide, those of us who are committed to Art but not well versed in its history or technicalities, are led to take very real pleasure in the pictures, particularly those in color. Evergood has a particular aptitude for creating a sense of differentness in even his simplest creations, whether the striking social commentary of the Great Depression, the luscious female nudes or the mythic recreations for modern times. Always there was an outlook, his outlook, transforming the ordinary into a picture distinctively his own. For most of his life it was a struggle, despite continuing professional recognition of his unique qualities. Happily, he left a large body of work which has defied time and the tendency for paintings. not securely placed in museum collections, to disappear into a void. For younger art enthusiasts who may never have encountered his work, this volume will be a revelation; for those of us who will be reminding ourselves of bygone pleasures, this will be an invigorating experience.
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