Evelyn Metzger

American, 1911 - 2007
Biography from an exhibit catalog published by Frank Partridge Inc in 1964.
As a child, Evelyn Metzger attended the drawing classes of George Bridgman at the Art Students League in New York. After graduation from Vassar College, she studied sculpture with Sally Farnham and painting with George Grosz, Raphael Soyer and Umberto Romano.
While in South America where she lived for many years, she worked under Guzman de Rojas in Bolivia and Demetrio Umuchua in Buenos Aires.
She has participated in numerous group shows in museums and galleries in the United States and abroad, and has held several one-woman shows, most recently in New York and another in Paris.
Vassar honored the artist with a retrospective exhibition which reviewed the stages of her development. Her early work reflected in some measure the influence of her teachers, but was never without a distinct personal flavor. The cubist and abstract periods followed. The first served as a valuable discipline; the second played a vital role in releasing her imaginative powers.
The exhibition was devoted entirely to recent works, presents the fruits of the painter's artistic maturity. In addition to the brilliant landscapes and flower pieces, of the sort that drew
enthusiastic praise from the critics, this current group includes studies of the human face and figure, a subject that played a major role in her early phases and to which she now returns in full command of her uniquely personal idiom.
Holdings :
Norfolk Musuem of Arts and Sciences;
Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego;
Texas Technological College;
The Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences;
George Museum of Fine Arts;
University of Missouri;
Mills College Art Gallery;
Grand Rapids Art Gallery;
Arizona State Museum;
The Art Center of a Jolla;
Art Museum of Richmond;
Menninger Foundation;
Vassar College Art Gallery;
Columbia University;
Denver Art Museum;
Robert Hull Fleming Museum;
Philbrook Academy of Art;
Everhart Museum;
Sheldon Swope Art Gallery; Phoenix
Art Museum;
Birmingham Museum of Art;
Museum of International Folk Art of New Mexico;
Joe and Emily Lowe Art Gallery at University of Miami;
Albion College.
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