- Category : Art-Fine-art-artist
- Type : GE
- Profile : 4/1 - Opportunistic / Investigator
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : JX Bargains
American artist and teacher, a spirited woman whose career spanned most of the 20th century.
Born into the aristocratic New York Cabot family, the adventurous young woman with the means to travel, went to Russia to experience Communism, to India where she met Gandhi and to Europe. After her 1926 graduation from Barnard College she was off to Paris to study at the Sorbonne. In Paris she met several influential people, including the artist Patrick Morgan and she herself began to paint. Together they moved back to New York where she continued her art studies. She studied under Hans Hofmann, another influential force in her artistic career. She began to exhibit her work in galleries, and, in 1938, some of her paintings were sold to the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art. In 1940 after her husband landed a job teaching art at the prestigious Phillips Academy, they moved to Andover, MA. She began teaching at Abbot Academy, a girls' school. In 1957, after 26 years of marriage and two children, a daughter, Victoria and a son, Alexis, she left her husband and moved to Boston and later to Cambridge, MA. She continued to paint and to exhibit her work in New York galleries. Her adventurous spirit carried her to non-tourist sections of Africa in 1970 where she spent six months. Returning to Cambridge, she frequently lectured on art at Harvard and MIT and taught at Lesley College’s Institute for the Arts and Human Development.
In 1980 a film about Morgan’s art, “Light Coming Through,” was produced by Rickie Leacock, the head of the MIT film department. She continued to paint well into her 80s, receiving an Honor Award in 1987 from the Women's Caucus for Art. In addition to her colorful, personal, largely abstract paintings, she encouraged older citizens to make the most of their later years. She mobilized seniors to work for peace and to continue challenging themselves. She was an excellent role model. In 1995, at the age of ninety-two, she published an autobiography, Maud’s Journey: A Life From Art. She died March 14, 1999 of complications from pneumonia in Cambridge, MA. She was 96.