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Bruce Crane: American Tonalist

Bruce Crane: American Tonalist
By Charles Teaze Clark and Mary Muir
Softcover: 31 pages
Publisher: Lyme Historical Society (1984)
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 84-81018
Product Size: 0.1 x 8.5 x 11 inches

In his day, Bruce Crane was celebrated as one of America’s foremost landscape painters. Contemporary critics coined the term “tonalist” to describe the delicate tonal values and quiet natural aspects that characterize the works of the second generation of American landscape painters. This beautiful catalogue accompanied a 1984 retrospective exhibition entitled Bruce Crane: American Tonalist at the Florence Griswold Museum and includes two essays, 10 color reproductions and 19 black and white illustrations.

The first essay, The Touch of Man: The Landscapes of Bruce Crane, is a biographical essay by Charles Teaze Clark. The second essay, Bruce Crane: Tonal Impressionist, by Mary Muir, provides an analysis of Crane’s artistic influences, technique, and relationship to American Tonalism. As a distinguished member of the Lyme Art Colony, several of Crane’s works remain on exhibit at the Florence Griswold Museum.