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Ross Braught

Hirschl & Adler Galleries

Ross Braught (1898–1983): A Visual Diary” reintroduced a little-known yet remarkable figure in the history of American art. The paintings, drawings, and lithographs on view charted the development of a highly original and thoroughly modern talent. Called by his friend Thomas Hart Benton “the greatest living American draftsman,” Braught owed more to Van Gogh than to nineteenth-century American painting. Gestural landscapes and boldly colored, sharply angular depictions of organic forms make up much of the work from the ’20s and ’30s. From 1936 to 1946 the artist lived in the British Virgin Islands, Dutch Guyana (Surinam), and Puerto Rico and made exquisitely detailed drawings of the flora and folk of these regions. In Braught’s later paintings, light-infused fantasies in which cool pastel hues come to predominate, the artist’s geometric and formal concerns are most evident. Yet his evolution

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