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Ralston Crawford: Early Work

August 16 – December 20, 2014

South One Gallery
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Presented in conjunction with Ralston Crawford: The Artist’s Eye, Ralston Crawford: Early Work explores the influences on Ralston Crawford’s (American, 1906 – 1978) early artistic development. Exposed to some of the foremost American and European artists while studying in Philadelphia (1927-1930), these influences are evident in Crawford’s artistic development. He studied the artwork of Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, George Braque, and Pablo Picasso, incorporating their use of bold lines and geometric planes into his own artistic explorations. Crawford’s early works retain naturalistic details, done in a painterly style reminiscent of Rembrandt or Francisco Goya, yet suggest his mature work with carefully organized compositions.

  • Funded by Pat Guthrie Special Exhibitions Endowment Funds, Ron and Patti Salvagio Endowment Funds, an anonymous gift, FMC, UW Art Museum Gala Funds, Wyoming Public Radio, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming Arts Council through the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature



Left: Ralston Crawford (American, 1906-1978), Fruit and Pitcher on a Brown Three Legged Table, 1932, oil on canvas, 26 x 22 inches, courtesy of the Ralston Crawford Estate and Neelon Crawford, 30.UU NC

Right: Ralston Crawford (American, 1906-1978), Marine at Sanford, 1938, oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches, courtesy of the Ralston Crawford Estate and Neelon Crawford, 38.12 NC

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