Mary DeNeale Morgan (1868-1948)
Mary DeNeale Morgan was born in San Francisco, CA, on May 24, 1868. As a child of two, Morgan moved to Oakland, where her father was the city engineer. She was a favorite pupil of William Keith from her youth until the time of his death. Morgan also studied at the School of Design under Williams, Carlsen, and Joullin (1884-95). In 1896 she opened a studio in Oakland and, for a short time and taught art at Oakland High School.
In 1909 Mary DeNeale Morgan settled in Carmel, where she bought the studio-home of Sydney Yard located on Lincoln near Seventh. She was a pupil in William Chase’s summer classes there in 1914, director of the Carmel School of Art (1917-25), and a founder of the Carmel Art Association. In 1928 Scribner’s Magazine named her as one of the nation’s foremost women artists. During WWII, she made weekly visits to nearby Fort Ord to sketch the servicemen.
A spinster, Morgan died in Carmel on October 10, 1948, having left a great legacy to California art as a teacher, organizer, and painter. Working in pastel, tempera, oil, and watercolor, she painted sand dunes, adobes, landscapes, and the wind-swept cypresses of the Monterey Peninsula.
Edan Hughes, “Artists in California 1786-1940”
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