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Conger Metcalf; American painter.
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and died in Boston, Massachusetts.
Metcalf began his art studies in 1932 at the Iowa Stone City Art Colony, headed by American Regionalist painter Grant Wood. Metcalf continued his studies at Coe College in Cedar Rapids with Stone City co-founder Marvin Cone. Metcalf graduated from Coe in 1936, then attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Coe in 1964. During his late 20s, and during his military service in World War II, Metcalf studied European master painters in Italy and France. This formal European influence affected his style, which differs from the earthy realism of his American Regionalist mentors. Metcalf was well-known and very active in the Boston art community. Today, his works can be seen at the Café Pamplona in Cambridge, MA, Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, MA, and at the Conger Metcalf Gallery at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.
Conger Metcalf graduated in 1936 from Coe College located in Cedar Rapids Iowa and was planning on becoming a concert pianist.
He studied at Stone City Art Colony with Grant Wood, at Coe College with Marvin Cone and the Museum School (Boston) with Alexandre Iacovleff and Karl Zerbe. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Coe College in 1964.
He was the recipient of the Tiffany Foundation Prize and was a Museum of Fine Arts Paige Traveling Scholar. During his late 20s, he went to Italy and Paris and studied the Old Masters and come back to Boston an artist totally influenced by the Renaissance masters.
Metcalf developed a unique style from which he painted thin translucent washes of soft toned colors of oil pigment onto canvas, masonite and waxed papers and he specialized in painting young children (especially boys) sketching, reading, playing together or contemplating.