Born in New York City in 1901 as Philip Blashki, Philip Evergood was raised in England, where his family legally changed their last name in his early childhood. He began his education at Eton, transferred to Cambridge University, and left soon after to attend the Slade School of Fine Art in 1921 where he chose to study drawing. Evergood traveled after completing his education and had his first encounters with the Art Students League of New York and the Acadèmie Julian in Paris. His oeuvre, which draws inspiration and influence mainly from Social Realism and Surrealism, is dynamic and often politically charged. He depicted scenes that have come to define America in the early twentieth century, from plantation laborers to everyday city life to factory strikes. His lifelong career as an artist led to major exhibitions, most notably a major retrospective of his work at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1960. He died at the age of 72 in Bridgewater, Connecticut in 1973.
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