Stanton Macdonald-Wright


Stanton MacDonald-Wright (July 8, 1890 – August 22, 1973), was a modern American artist. He was a co-founder of Synchromism, an early abstract, color-based mode of painting, which was the first American avant-garde art movement to receive international attention.

Early life: Stanton MacDonald-Wright was born in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1890. His first name, Stanton, was chosen to honor the women’s rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton; he later hyphenated his last name after repeatedly being asked if he were related to the famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He spent a privileged adolescence in Santa Monica, California, where his father ran a seaside hotel. An amateur artist as well as a businessman, Macdonald-Wright’s father encouraged his artistic development from a young age and secured him private painting lessons. Stanton’s older brother, Willard Huntington Wright, was a writer and critic who gained international fame in the 1920s by writing the Philo Vance detective novels under the pseudonym S.S. Van Dine.

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Stanton MacDonald-Wright (1890-1973 Pacific Palisades, CA)

Sold: $17,250

Stanton MacDonald-Wright, (1890-1973 American), Still life with flute, fruit and bowl, 1942, Oil on canvas, 24" H x 20" W

Sold: $7,500

Stanton MacDonald-Wright, (1890-1973, Los Angeles, CA), Female in an interior, 1945, Watercolor on paper under Plexiglas, Sight: 17" H

Sold: $3,125

Stanton MacDonald-Wright (1890-1973 Pacific Palisades, CA)

Sold: $2,450