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Emma Fordyce MacRae

Emma Fordyce MacRae, N.A. (April 27, 1887, Vienna – August 6, 1974) was an American representational painter. She was a member of the Philadelphia Ten, a group of women artists who worked and exhibited together.[1] Her work — including still lives and paintings of women — shows the influence of Asian flower paintings and of Seurat.


MacRae enrolled at the Art Students League in 1911, studying first with Frank Vincent DuMond and Kenneth Hayes Miller, and later, beginning in 1915, with Luis Mora, Ernest Blumenschein, and John Sloan. She also attended one of Robert Reid’s summer courses.

MacRae's painting, "Green Jade," was shown at the Anderson galleries in 1928, at an exhibit of artist members of the American Woman's Association.[2] Many exhibitions and gallery showings followed. In 1937, MacRae's painting "A Persian Girl," was listed as deserving of special mention by New York Times critic Edward Alden Jewell.[3] In the forties MacRae was chairman of the awards jury of the National Association of Women Artists.[4]

MacRae's art was rediscovered by galleries in the 1980s; the Richard York Gallery in New York exhibited thirty of her paintings in December, 1983.[5] In 1987, her painting of a Venetian cafe was part of a show called "American Women Artists, 1830-1930," displayed at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC and in four other museums.[6]

MacRae had studios in New York City and in Cape Ann Landscapes Tour where Emma painted her New England landscapes.

Recent Exhibitions of Emma Fordyce MacRae's work have been held at Greenwich, CT.

Collections and museums


External resources

  • Emma Fordyce MacRae (1887-1974), Emma Fordyce MacRae website.
  • Emma Fordyce MacRae, Artnet.
  • Emma Fordyce MacRae, "Elizabeth" (oil on canvas), The Mint Museums.
  • Emma Fordyce MacRae, "Cherry Blossoms," SILS Art Image Browser.

Review. [1] American Art Review Volume 20 Number 2 March–April 2008 Article: Paintings of Emma Fordyce MacRae, N.A (1887–1974) by Karen E. Quinn.

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