Bruce Crane

American, 1857–1937

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Bruce Crane

American, 1857–1937

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One of the most prolific and talented of the Tonalists, Bruce Crane was influenced by James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Jean-Charles Cazin, who emphasized a mode of painting in which objects were not modeled but treated as flat masses. Crane’s exquisite and intimate winter scenes, especially in watercolor, are exemplars of aesthetic design principles based on Asian precedents, in which the subject is cropped for dramatic effect, and land forms are arranged to create a sense of harmony and balance. After 1900, Crane’s paint handling became more gestural and expressive and was deployed to create intimate scenes of palpable atmosphere, especially abandoned meadows enveloped in mist and fog. These harked back to George Inness’s ideas about the “civilized landscape” and were memorials to an American nostalgia for a lost rural world.

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Biography

One of the most prolific and talented of the Tonalists, Bruce Crane was influenced by James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Jean-Charles Cazin, who emphasized a mode of painting in which objects were not modeled but treated as flat masses. Crane’s exquisite and intimate winter scenes, especially in watercolor, are exemplars of aesthetic design principles based on Asian precedents, in which the subject is cropped for dramatic effect, and land forms are arranged to create a sense of harmony and balance. After 1900, Crane’s paint handling became more gestural and expressive and was deployed to create intimate scenes of palpable atmosphere, especially abandoned meadows enveloped in mist and fog. These harked back to George Inness’s ideas about the “civilized landscape” and were memorials to an American nostalgia for a lost rural world.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Dallas Museum of Art
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more