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Bruce (Robert Bruce) Crane, N.A.
American
(1857-1937)

Bruce Crane, N.A.  (Robert Bruce)
Autumn Landscape, oil on canvas, 15.5" x 19.5" image, 22.5" x 25.5" framed, s.l.r. “Bruce Crane”

Born in New York City. Educated in NY’s public schools and exposed to galleries and museums by his father, Solomon Bruce Crane, an amateur painter. When seventeen, he moved to Elizabeth, NJ, to be a draftsman for an architect and builder. Taught by and became close friends with Wyant, 1876. During the summer of the early 1880’s, spent time in East Hampton, painting rural subjects like apple trees and sheep. After 1882, traveled to Europe. Influenced by French Barbizon school of painting. Painted at colony at Grez-sur-Loring with Birge Harrison, Kenyon Cox, and Alexander Wyant. Maintained studio in New York City, until he moved to Bronxville in 1914. Had studio in Old Lyme, CT.

Landscape painter, particularly known for painting golden toned landscapes of fall and winter. Painted New Jersey; East Hampton, Long Island; the Catskills; and the Adirondacks. Crane’s work was admired by J. Francis Murphy.

Studied: with Alexander H. Wyant, 1876; Art Students League in NY, 1878-1882; and in Europe.

Member: National Academy of Design, American Water Color Society, Salmagundi Club, Society of American Artists, and Grand Central Art Galleries.

In the collection of: San Diego Museum; Wadsworth Atheneum; Smithsonian American Art Museum; Yale University; New York Historical Society; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Everson Museum; Butler Institute of American Art; Hunter Museum of American Art; Heckscher Museum; and more.


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