Daniel MacMorris

Daniel MacMorris

Daniel MacMorris was an American painter and designer who decorated many public buildings with murals. Born in Sedalia, Missouri and educated at the Art Institute of Chicago.

After studying with Auguste Gorguet and exhibiting at Durand Ruel Gallery, he would travel back to Paris as a camouflage specialist during World War II.

Early Life and Education

MacMorris was born in Sedalia, Missouri and attended Kansas City Art Institute, The Art Institute of Chicago and Art Students League of New York between 1911-1923. Additionally he traveled to Paris as a protegee of Leon Gaspard; finally during World War I he served in the Photography Corps.

He married Dorothy Sells in 1925, giving birth to Leroy Sells McMorris before divorcing in 1946. Since then, he continued painting public buildings like Nelson Art Gallery and Liberty Memorial Building in Kansas City while also installing Pantheon de la Guerre for both institutions.

According to Mark Levitch, he “extracted 24 fragments–less than seven percent of the original French work–and repainted passages and joints to make the resultant mural appear seamless.” It now hangs in Memory Hall at Liberty Memorial.

Professional Career

In the 1920s, he painted murals for local businesses including Kansas City Life Insurance Company’s building. He exhibited locally at shows and won awards. After World War II, he lived and studied in Paris at Auguste Gorguet’s studio and held exhibitions at Durand-Ruel galleries; additionally he studied alongside Joseph Pennell, Robert Henri and George Bridgeman – which resulted in him studying under these renowned masters as well.

Marriage to Dorothy Sells resulted in one son, Leroy MacMorris. Leroy worked on many design projects around the city including designing the south vestibule of what is now The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

He created a large painting of the Pantheon which was displayed at Liberty Memorial Building until 1952; since then it has been altered and is now displayed in Ohio Judicial Center in Columbus.

Achievement and Honors

Daniel MacMorris is best known for creating paintings depicting influential people of the twentieth century and murals to decorate official buildings across the country. His art earned numerous awards, and he enjoyed a successful arts career.

Lisa Marie Thalhammer studied abroad in Staffordshire, England prior to earning a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas in Lawrence where she served as Art Coordinator on Student Union Activities Board and curated several art exhibitions before receiving several scholarships such as Amsden Award, Hollander Family Foundation Award and Jacobs Prize.

She currently resides and works in Washington DC and has displayed her artwork at galleries such as Art Coop and Venus Envy as well as in group shows.

Personal Life

MacMorris first intended to become an engineer before seeing his drawings which inspired him to pursue art instead. He studied at both Kansas City Art Institute and Chicago Art Institute before apprenticing under mural painter.

In 1919 he started working for the Kansas City Star, producing editorial illustrations and advertisements. He regularly displayed his artwork at local exhibitions before spending summers studying under local painters in Taos, New Mexico.

During World War II (he served as a camouflage artist), he worked in New York where he shared studio space with Marcel Duchamp. Later settling in Kansas City where he painted murals for various public buildings such as Nelson Art Gallery and Liberty Memorial Building.

In 1925 he married Dorothy Sells and gave birth to their only son Leroy MacMorris who would go on to die in 1981.

Net Worth

Daniel MacMorris became widely-renowned during his career for his paintings of influential people and murals on official buildings across the country. Thanks to his talent, he sold many pieces and earned a good living; additionally he served as a camouflage specialist during World War I. In 1919 he married Helen Lienhardt; they later had Leroy Sells McMorris. Later in 1930 he relocated to Paris for seven years where he found work painting screens and products before meeting Dorothy (whom he eventually married). Eventually he painted Rozzelle Court at Liberty Memorial before passing away – totalling to around $3 Million during his lifetime!

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