Emma Fordyce McRae: expert painter of confident women

An example of Emma Fordyce MacRae’s astute use of color is ‘Melina in Green,’ a 1931 canvas that sold for $50,000 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2022. Image courtesy of Freeman’s and LiveAuctioneers.
An example of Emma Fordyce MacRae’s astute use of color is ‘Melina in Green,’ a 1931 canvas that sold for $50,000 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2022. Image courtesy of Freeman’s and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Born in Vienna, Emma Fordyce MacRae (1887-1974) grew up in New York City and was a member of the group of women artists known as the Philadelphia Ten, but is perhaps most closely associated with the Rockport School and the Cape Ann School of Massachusetts.

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Cape Ann: a picturesque magnet for artists and tourists

Gifford Beal’s oil on Masonite of Rockport Harbor brought $5,500 plus the buyer’s premium in January 2018 at Nadeau’s Auction Gallery.
Gifford Beal’s oil on Masonite of Rockport Harbor brought $5,500 plus the buyer’s premium in January 2018 at Nadeau’s Auction Gallery.

NEW YORK — While Cape Cod is better known as a tourist destination, Cape Ann has cemented its own legacy in the art world. About an hour’s drive north of Boston, Cape Ann juts out from Massachusetts on the Atlantic Ocean and demarcates the northern edges of Massachusetts Bay. The rocky cape has attracted legions of artists for more than 150 years and still enjoys a rich and diverse tradition in art-making.

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