Carmel Magazine

Summer/Fall 2020

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 120 of 171

C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 2 0 119 Mary De Neale Morgan, "Late Afternoon, Monterey Coast," circa 1931 Collection of Paula and Terry Trotter, Trotter Galleries, Inc. M organ was the Grand Dame of both the cultural and artistic communities of the Monterey Peninsula," says Paula Trotter. "When she passed away, many leading local artists—including Armin Hansen and William Ritschel—were honorary pallbearers." A San Francisco native, Morgan was a fre- quent Carmel visitor, first pitching a tent in 1903 before moving here permanently in 1910. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she didn't study outside of California, preferring instead to learn from master painter William Keith of whom she was a favorite pupil. "She worked in oil, watercolor, tempera," Turner explains. Morgan was famous for her depictions of the Monterey Peninsula's sublime Cypress trees, and when asked if she ever tired of painting those haunting trees, she reportedly said, "I will stick by my Cypress trees until they sink into the sea, or what is just as tragic and final, be hopelessly built around." A testament to her talent and stature is the fact the first painting sold at the Hotel Del Monte gallery was one of hers. Mary De Neale Morgan (1868-1948)

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Carmel Magazine - Summer/Fall 2020