National Museum of Women in the Arts
Marie Apel
1880 - 1970
Photograph of Marie Apel, ca. 1915-1918, unknown photographer. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, USA. Library and Research Center, Archives on Women Artists
Place of Birth:
American, British – English
Phonetic Spelling:
mah-REE AP-ehl
Minority status:
White non-Hispanic
Active Dates:
1912 - 1957
Work Type/Media:
Artistic Role(s):
Bronze Worker, Marble Worker, Sculptor
Artist's Biography:
Marie Apel was born and raised in London. Apel, whose first exhibition was at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1912, frequently exhibited bust sculptures at London’s Royal Academy of Arts and in Paris. She moved to the America around 1910, and was very active in New York and Washington, DC. She became a member of New York’s National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors in 1919. She continued to create bronzes and other large metal sculptures but also made marble bust portraits, fountains, memorials, and garden sculptures. Her bronze work Grief, 1940, uses abstraction and heavy, flowing contours to suggest the emotional weight of its subject.

She received many commissions from England and throughout the United States including a life-size statue of Chin Gee Hee, president of Sunning Railway, erected in Hong Kong in 1920; eagles for the World War I Memorial in Stanford, Connecticut; a garden sculpture for the estate of Mrs. H. Coppel in collaboration with architect Bertram G. Goodhue in Pasadena, California; and a sculpture of Winston Churchill in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York. Apel died in Washington, DC, in 1970.

Place(s) of Residence:
Place(s) of Activity:
New York
Where Trained/Schools:
Related Visual Artists:
friend of Daniel Chester French collaborated with Bertram G. Goodhue
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Member, National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors, New York, NY, USA (1919) Member, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France (1912)
Earliest exhibition:
Le Salon, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France (1912)
NMWA exhibition(s):
Preserving the Past, Securing the Future: Donations of Art, 1987-1997
Four Centuries of Women's Art: The National Museum of Women in the Arts
Artist retrospective(s):
Related places
Washington (died at)