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Alias:Robert Bruce Crane
Landscape painterPainter


(b New York, New York, 1857; d Bronxville, New York, 1937) American painter. In 1874, Crane moved to New Jersey and worked as a draftsman. From 1878 until 1882 he was a member of the Art Students League in New York and traveled to Europe to continue his studies. While in France, Crane worked at the colony at Grez-sur-Loring along with Birge Harrison, Kenyon Cox and Alexander Wyant. A strong influence of the French Barbizon School of painting is apparent in his works. Upon moving back to New York, Crane had a studio in the city until 1914 when he moved to Bronxville. Crane went on to form the Twelve Landscape Painters exhibiting artists’ organization in 1915 with Emil Carlsen, Charles H. Davis and J. Alden Weir. The group worked in the representational style popular at the time. Crane frequently painted the landscape of Long Island, the Catskills, the Adirondacks and the areas around his studio in Old Lyme, Connecticut. He was a member of the American Water Color Society, the National Academy of Design, the Society of American Artists, the Grand Central Art Gallerie and the Salmagundi Club; and exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme Connecticut, among others.
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