McBride, Henry, 1867-1962

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Henry McBride (1867-1962), art critic, wrote for The New York Sun, 1913-49, The Dial, 1920-1929, and The Art News, 1950-59. He also edited Creative Art, 1928-32, wrote Matisse (1928), and contributed introductions and biographical sketches to exhibition and sale catalogs.

From the description of Henry McBride papers, 1863-1962 (inclusive), 1901-1962 (bulk). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702131658

Art critic and author, New York, N.Y. Wrote for THE NEW YORK SUN (1913-1949) and THE DIAL (1920-1929). Author of MATISSE, SOME FRENCH MODERNS, MARIN, and FLORINE STETTHEIMER. Gave many prominent artists their first critical acclaim, such as Thomas Eakins, Jules Pascin, John Marin, Charles Demuth, Louis Eilshemius.

From the description of Henry McBride papers, 1887-1962. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122454322

Henry McBride, the dean of American art critics, wrote for The New York Sun (1913-49), The Dial (1920-29), and The Art News (1950-59), and edited Creative Art (1928-32). He was one of the first American critics to recognize and appreciate the modernist movement. In 1922 Marcel Duchamp published a selection of McBride's articles from The Sun in Some French Moderns . McBride also wrote Matisse in 1930, compiled a catalogue for The Museum of Modern Art's exhibition of Florine Stettheimer's paintings in 1946, and from 1919-54 contributed introductions and biographical sketches to numerous exhibition and sale catalogues of such artists as Joseph Stella and Marie Sterner.

McBride painted and taught art before becoming a critic at the age of forty-six. He was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, on July 25, 1867, to the Quakers, John and Sarah Pugh McBride. After graduating from the local public schools, he worked for the George Achelis Nurseries illustrating seed catalogues. He came to New York in his early twenties, where he studied art at the Artist-Artisan Institute and later took night classes at the Art Students League. Finding he had an aptitude for teaching, McBride started the art department of the Educational Alliance of New York City. Before joining The Sun, he directed the School of Industrial Arts in Trenton, New Jersey, for five years.

Beginning in 1893 he spent many summers abroad, where he met Gertrude Stein. Through her he came to admire the work of Picasso, Matisse, Braque, and Léger. He supported Alfred Stieglitz's early efforts to exhibit these French moderns in New York. Like his early mentor, James Ward Stimson, McBride was not a devotee of academic art. Instead he encouraged American independents like John Marin, Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Demuth, and Gaston Lachaise. McBride was the first critic to recognize Thomas Eakins, for example, as one of the greatest American artists. Other early favorites included Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent.

McBride lived in New York City and spent most of his summers after 1931 in Marshallton, Pennsylvania, at Callicaste. He sold his summer home in 1956 to reside in the Bronx, where he died on March 31, 1961 at the age of 94.

From the guide to the Henry McBride papers, 1863-1962 (inclusive), 1901-1962, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946. Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas papers, 1837-1961. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Stettheimer, Florine, 1871-1944. Florine and Ettie Stettheimer papers, 1898-1974 (inclusive), 1906-1953 (bulk). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Dial/Scofield Thayer papers, 1879-1982, 1920-1925 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf McBride, Henry, 1867-1962. Henry McBride papers, 1887-1962. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Seiberling, Dorothy, 1922-. Dorothy Seiberling papers, 1885-1955. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Gallatin, A. E. (Albert Eugene), 1881-1952. A.E. (Albert Eugene) Gallatin papers, 1898-1951. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Alfred Stieglitz / Georgia O'Keeffe archive, 1728-1986 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf McBride, Henry, 1867-1962. Henry McBride papers : addition, circa 1913-1993. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Glassgold, Adolph, 1899-. Adolph Glassgold interview, 1964 Dec. 9. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946. Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas papers, 1837-1961. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Demuth, Charles, 1883-1935. Charles Demuth papers, [ca. 1890-1936]. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Henry McBride Papers Addition, circa 1913-1993 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Baker, Mildred, 1905-. Mildred Baker papers, [ca. 1930]-1987. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Maynard Walker Gallery. Maynard Walker Gallery records, 1847-1973. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas papers, 1837-1961 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Florine and Ettie Stettheimer papers, 1898-1974 (inclusive), 1906-1953 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Kruse, Alexander Z., 1888-1972. Papers of Alexander Z. Kruse, 1890-1972 (bulk 1930s-1960s). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf McBride, Henry, 1867-1962. Henry McBride papers, 1863-1962 (inclusive), 1901-1962 (bulk). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Thayer, Scofield, b. 1889. Dial/Scofield Thayer papers, 1879-1982 (bulk 1920-1925). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Henry McBride papers, 1863-1962 (inclusive), 1901-1962 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Prahar, Renee, 1880-1962. Renee Prahar papers, 1912-1938. Archives of American Art
creatorOf MCBRIDE, HENRY. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf McBride, Henry, 1867-1962. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1955. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf McBride, Henry. Henry McBride letter [manuscript], 1831. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Glassgold, Adolph, 1899-. Adolph Glassgold interview, 1964 Dec. 9 [sound recording]. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Laurent, Robert, 1890-1970. Robert Laurent papers, 1869-1973. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946. Alfred Stieglitz / Georgia O'Keeffe archive, 1728-1986. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946. Alfred Stieglitz / Georgia O'Keeffe archive, 1728-1986 (bulk 1880-1986). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Glassgold, Adolph, 1899-. Oral history interview with Adolph Glassgold, 1964 Dec. 9 [sound recording]. Archives of American Art
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Relation Name
associatedWith Aldrich, Mildred, 1853-1928. person
associatedWith Baker, Mildred, 1905- person
associatedWith Barr, Everett. person
associatedWith Barr, Everett. person
associatedWith Barr, Everett S. person
associatedWith Demuth, Charles, 1883-1935. person
associatedWith Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968. person
associatedWith Eakins, Thomas, 1844-1916. person
associatedWith Eilshemius, Louis M. (Louis Michel), 1864-1941. person
associatedWith Gallatin, A. E. (Albert Eugene), 1881-1952. person
associatedWith Glassgold, Adolph, 1899- person
associatedWith Kruse, Alexander Z., 1888-1972. person
associatedWith Kuhn, Walt, 1877-1949. person
associatedWith Lachaise, Gaston, 1882-1935. person
associatedWith Laurent, Robert, 1890-1970. person
associatedWith Luhan, Mabel Dodge, 1879-1962. person
associatedWith MacAdam, Malcolm. person
associatedWith MacAdam, Malcolm. person
associatedWith Marin, John, 1870-1953. person
associatedWith Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954. person
associatedWith Maynard Walker Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Mellquist, Jerome. person
associatedWith Mellquist, Jerome. person
associatedWith Miller, C. Earle. person
associatedWith Pascin, Jules, 1885-1930. person
associatedWith Prahar, Renee, 1880-1962. person
associatedWith Pugh, Maria. person
associatedWith Pugh, Maria. person
associatedWith Pugh, Mary. person
associatedWith Rich, Daniel Catton, 1904-1976. person
associatedWith Rose, Francis, Sir, 1909-1979. person
associatedWith Seiberling, Dorothy, 1922- person
associatedWith Settheimer, Ettie, 1875-1955. person
associatedWith Simonson, Lee, 1888-1967. person
associatedWith Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946. person
associatedWith Stella, Joseph, 1877-1946. person
associatedWith Sterne, Maurice, 1878-1957. person
associatedWith Stettheimer, Florine, 1871-1944. person
associatedWith Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946. person
associatedWith Sweeney, James Johnson, 1900-1986. person
associatedWith Thayer, Scofield, b. 1889. person
associatedWith Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989. person
associatedWith Toklas, Alice B. person
associatedWith Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964. person
associatedWith Verbeek, Gustave, 1867-1937. person
associatedWith Walker, Maynard. person
associatedWith Wescott, Glenway, 1901-1987. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (N.Y.)
United States
New York (N.Y.)
New York (State)--New York
United States
Oregon
West (U.S.)
Subject
Sculpture, Modern--20th century
Art critics
Art criticism
Overland journeys to the Pacific
Gold miners
Pioneers
Artists--United States--Exhibitions
Theater--Reviews
Artists--Exhibitions
Modernism (Art)
Authors
Art, Modern--20th century
Painting, Modern--20th century
Occupation
Art critics--United States
Artists--United States
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Birth 1867-07-25

Death 1962-03-31

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