Philip Howard Evergood Biography

Philip Howard Evergood




Philip Howard Evergood, painter, printmaker, sculptor, teacher and writer, was born Howard Blashki in New York City on October 26, 1901. His father, Meyer Evergood, was an artist and his mother, Flora Jane Blashki, was a well-educated English woman. His parents were financially cut off from their families when they married out of their religions.

Evergood was raised in London where he lived with his parents from 1909 until 1923. He studied mainly at Eton and Cambridge University and, after deciding to be an artist, he went to the Slade School where he studied with Henry Tonks and Havard Thomas. In 1923 he returned to New York and studied at the Art Students League with George Luks and William von Schlegell.

By 1925, Evergood was living in Paris where he studied at the Academie Julian with Laurens and also with Andre Lhote. At the end of that decade, he had returned to Paris and worked with Stanley William Hayter at his graphic workshop Atelier 17. By the mid 1930s Evergood was living in New York and worked as a muralist for the W.P.A. Federal Art Project, and he became one of the leading social realists in New York City.

Evergood was a member of the Artist's Union, American Artists Congress, United American Artists, and the Artists Equity Association. He served as President of the New York Artists Union and taught at various institutions in the 1940s. His work is represented in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Fogg Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Corcoran Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Fine Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Library of Congress, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Philip Evergood died in Bridgewater, Connecticut on March 11, 1973.