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City Perspectives

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Raymond Jonson, City Perspectives, 1932, oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. Arthur H. Johnson, © artist or other rights holder, 78.17

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Title

City Perspectives

Artist

Raymond Jonson (American, 1891-1982)

Date

1932

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

47 3/4 in x 37 3/4 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature/maker's mark: lower right Jonson 32

Collection Area

American Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Arthur H. Johnson

Accession Number

78.17

Copyright

© artist or other rights holder

Terms

canvas

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

2nd Floor

Janet and Richard Geary Gallery

Description

Raymond Jonson was perhaps best known as the founder of the Transcendental Painters Group in Santa Fe, where he settled in 1924 and painted primarily abstract works. He spent his formative years as part of Chicago's avant-garde where he was mentored by Bror Nordfeldt, whose work is also represented in this gallery. Like many American artists of his time, Jonson was fundamentally affected by the Armory Show Exhibition of 1913, when it traveled to Chicago.

City Perspectives was one of seven canvases that were to comprise Jonson's last body of representational paintings. In it, his increasing interests in the pure ordering of form and color and in shapes derived from intellectual sources rather than external observation are already clear. A rendition of "metropolis-as-machine," the painting has stylistic ties with the work of the Italian Futurists and the American Precisionists, echoing their fascination with the Industrial Age.

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