Platt Fine Art Presents:

James C. Magee (1864-1924): A Rediscovered American Impressionist

Opening Reception:
Thursday, April 15, 2010
10am - 5pm

On View at the Gallery:
Apr. 15 - May. 28, 2010

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Saturday
10am - 5pm


Platt Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition and sale of the works of American Impressionist James C. Magee (1846-1924). The show will be on exhibit from April 15-May 28, 2010. Over twenty works will be on display, which include oil paintings and watercolors.

Primarily a painter of landscapes, Magee captures nature as it surrounds us in our daily lives. In Digging Clams (right) light breaks through the clouds and allows the ocean and sky to meld together while the small figures in the foreground carry on their work. Magee plays with light and reflection to create a tranquil scene at the beach. Nature is the dominant theme in Magee's work, yet there is always a human presence suggesting the importance of human interaction with nature. This is evident not only in Digging Clams, but also in Wash Day (above) where figures perform daily chores in natural settings.

Digging Clams, c. 1920

Rally Day, c. 1900

While the majority of Magee's paintings and watercolors illustrate nature, he also completed a variety of urban and domestic scenes. Rally Day, Philadelphia (left) illustrates the crowd at a Fourth of July celebration in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Magee was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1846, although the majority of his career was spent in Philadelphia. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1896-1902, later winning several awards at his alma mater, including a gold medal in 1907. He also studied with fellow  Impressionist William Merrit Chase in New York and Ashcan School leader Robert Henri in Paris.

Though little is known of his career, Magee became an accomplished painter, exhibiting widely at the major institutions of his day. Between 1900 and 1924, Magee's work was accepted into shows at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy of Design, the Society of Independent Artists, the Plastic Club and the Salons of America,  to name just a few.

His works can be found in the Johnson Collection in Philadelphia, and the Lord Richmond Collection in London.

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