Ralston Crawford, ‘Train detail’, Heritage Auctions
Ralston Crawford, ‘Train detail’, Heritage Auctions
Ralston Crawford, ‘Train detail’, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Hinged to mat along upper edge verso; sheet is lightly undulating; some creases visible in raknig light, most notably one crease approximately 1-1/2 inches long near the lower left edge; a few thin scratches and indentions visible in raking light, most notably one small indention upper center.

Signature: The photographer's estate stamp on verso.

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

About Ralston Crawford

Ralston Crawford is best known for his Precisionist abstract paintings suggestive of urban landscapes and industrial spaces. Influenced by Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth, Crawford painted industrial architecture, meandering lines, and fractured forms evoking either machine or the body, all in colorful compositions. In 1946, he was famously commissioned by Fortune magazine to document the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in a series of abstract, angular paintings. Crawford was also an accomplished printmaker and urban documentary photographer.

American, 1906-1976, St. Catharines, Canada