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Painter, Lithographer, Photographer, b. 1906 - d. 1978

Ralston Crawford (1906–1978) was an American abstract painter, lithographer, and photographer.

Early life: He was born on September 5, 1906, in Canada, at St. Catharines, Ontario, and spent his childhood in Buffalo, New York. He studied art beginning in 1927 in California at the Otis Art Institute. After working at the Walt Disney Studio, he returned to the eastern U.S. for further study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and at the Barnes Foundation, where he was exposed to the art of Picasso and Matisse. In 1934, he had his first one-man showing at the Maryland Institute College of Art.He was also one of the Independents.

Work: Crawford was best known for his abstract representations of urban life and industry. His early work placed him with Precisionist artists like Niles Spencer and Charles Sheeler. Here, the focus was on realistic, sharp portrayals of factories, bridges, and shipyards. Later work was geometrically abstract. In Spain, he observed bullfighting, and the religious procession during Holy Week in Seville. In New Orleans, he painted and photographed cemeteries and jazz musicians (requiring a permit to visit bars normally restricted to blacks). Fortune Magazine sent Crawford to the Bikini Atoll in 1946 to record a nuclear weapons test.

During his abstract period, he said, "I don't feel obligated to reveal the forms. They may be totally absent to the viewer of the work, or even to myself, but what is there, however abstract, grows out of something I have seen. I make pictures."

Death: On April 17, 1978, Crawford succumbed to cancer in Houston, Texas, survived by a wife and three children. At that time, his works were included in the public collections of the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Toledo Museum of Art. Crawford is buried in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 in New Orleans, a short distance from one of the Catholic cemeteries in which he produced many of his works.His crypt is located on the 2nd floor of the mausoleum located in the far left corner of the cemetery as seen from the entrance. There is a balcony facing the cemetery, when exiting onto the balcony, turn right, and Crawford is about 1/2 way, a row or two above the balcony. His wife, Peggy (Frank) Crawford, a founder of the Modern Art Society, which would later become the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, died April 18, 2015.

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      • Ralston Crawford "VII Third Avenue Elevated" Litho
        Apr. 21, 2024

        Ralston Crawford "VII Third Avenue Elevated" Litho

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Ralston Crawford (American, 1906-1978), "VII Third Avenue Elevated #3", Lithograph, pencil signed, titled, numbered edition "18/26", and inscribed on bottom margin. Image: 14.25" H x 10.25" W; sheet: 19.75" H x 12.875" W; frame: 29.75" H x 22.75" W. Provenance: From the 50 East 89th Street estate of a 20th century photography collector. Keywords: Prints, Multiples, Graphic, Constructivist, Abstract

        Auctions at Showplace
      • Ralston Crawford "Grain Elevators" Gelatin Print
        Apr. 21, 2024

        Ralston Crawford "Grain Elevators" Gelatin Print

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        Ralston Crawford (American, 1906-1978), "Grain Elevators", circa 1955, Vintage Gelatin Silver Print, with Robert Miller Gallery label and Laurence Miller labels to verso. Image: 8.75" H x 7" W; frame: 20" H x 16" W. Provenance: From the 50 East 89th Street estate of a 20th century photography collector. Keywords: Photography, Industrial, Urban planning, Cityscape, Black and white

        Auctions at Showplace
      • Ralston Crawford "Coulee Dam" Gelatin Silver Print
        Apr. 21, 2024

        Ralston Crawford "Coulee Dam" Gelatin Silver Print

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        Ralston Crawford (American, 1906-1978), "Coulee Dam", Gelatin Silver Print, 1973, titled and inscribed to verso, Laurence Miller Gallery label to reverse, gilt wood frame. Image: 7.25" H x 7.5" W; frame: 16.5" H x 16.25" W. Provenance: From the 50 East 89th Street estate of a 20th century photography collector. Keywords: Photography, Industrial, Vintage, Construction, Black and white photograph

        Auctions at Showplace
      • Ralston Crawford "Buildings Through Window" Print
        Apr. 21, 2024

        Ralston Crawford "Buildings Through Window" Print

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        Ralston Crawford (American, 1906-1978), "Buildings Through Window", Gelatin Silver Print, circa 1950, pencil inscribed and estate number to verso, pencil signed to verso of mat, The Lawrence Gallery label to reverse. Image: 2.75" H x 2.5" W; frame: 12.25" H x 10" W. burlwood frame. Provenance: From the 50 East 89th Street estate of a 20th century photography collector. Keywords: Photography, Buildings, Industrial, Vintage, Black and white

        Auctions at Showplace
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD S.S. De Grasse.
        Mar. 14, 2024

        RALSTON CRAWFORD S.S. De Grasse.

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        RALSTON CRAWFORD S.S. De Grasse. Color lithograph, 1952. 385xx565 mm; 15⅛x22¼ inches (sheet), full margins. Signed and numbered 58/200 in pencil, lower margin. Printed by Desjobert, Paris. Published by La Guilde Internationale de Gravure, Geneva, with the blind stamp lower left. A very good impression with strong colors. Freeman 52.16.

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • Two Prints
        Mar. 05, 2024

        Two Prints

        Est: $2,000 - $3,000

        Ralston Crawford 1906 - 1978 Two Prints each signed in pencil (lower right); numbered 2/7 and 1/10 respectively (lower left) two intaglio prints on wove paper largest plate: 7½ by 10⅞ in. (19.2 by 27.6 cm.) largest sheet: 8½ by 12 in. (21.5 by 30.4 cm.) Executed circa 1945; these impressions are from editions of no larger than 10. Please note that this lot will not be on view during the sale exhibition. It is located at our Long Island City, New York storage facility. If you would like to examine it in person before the sale please contact Nora Feder-Johnson at [email protected].

        Sotheby's
      • ABSTRACT AMERICAN OIL PAINTING BY RALSTON CRAWFORD
        Jan. 20, 2024

        ABSTRACT AMERICAN OIL PAINTING BY RALSTON CRAWFORD

        Est: $100 - $150

        Ralston Crawford, American, 1906 to 1978, double sided oil painting on board depicting an abstract composition. Signed lower left. Framed. The backside depicts an abstract composition with eyes. Ralston Crawford was an American abstract painter, lithographer, and photographer. Crawford was best known for his abstract representations of urban life and industry. His early work placed him with Precisionist artists like Niles Spencer and Charles Sheeler. Here, the focus was on realistic, sharp portrayals of factories, bridges, and shipyards. Later work was geometrically abstract. One of a kind artwork.

        Antique Arena Inc
      • Ralston CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Canada - American - USA
        Dec. 08, 2023

        Ralston CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Canada - American - USA

        Est: $10,000 - $15,000

        Ralston CRAWFORD (1906-1978) ; Untitled ; 1973 ; oil on canvas / framed ; dimensions 92 x 68 cm (36 1/4 x 26 2/3 in.) ; frame size 103 x 77 cm (40 1/2 x 30 1/3 in.) ; signed and dated lower right corner ; Shipping to USA - DHL $650 , National post with tracking service $450 / Shipping to EU, Middle Assia - DHL $520 , National post with tracking service $380

        Art-Torg
      • Ralston Crawford, Issy Les Moulineaux #2
        Dec. 07, 2023

        Ralston Crawford, Issy Les Moulineaux #2

        Est: $400 - $600

        Ralston Crawford Issy Les Moulineaux #2 1955 lithograph image: 12.375 h x 18.125 w in (31 x 46 cm) sheet: 15 h x 22 w in (38 x 56 cm) Dated to lower right quadrant '3 23 55'. Signed, titled and numbered to lower edge 'Ralston Crawford ED 25 + 2 artists proofs Issy Les Moulineaux #2'. This work is from the edition of 25 printed by Mourlot Freres, Paris. This work will ship from Lambertville, New Jersey.

        Wright
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD (AMERICAN, 1906-1978) "GREY STREET"
        Sep. 22, 2023

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (AMERICAN, 1906-1978) "GREY STREET"

        Est: $2,000 - $3,000

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (AMERICAN, 1906-1978) "GREY STREET", screenprint in colors, signed in image, pencil signed and titled in lower margin. 1940. 12 3/4" x 15 1/2" sight, 20 3/4" x 23 1/2" OA. Catalogue Note: Born in Ontario, Canada, Ralston Crawford (1906-1978) came to the United States as a toddler in 1910 when his family settled in Buffalo, New York. A promising young artist, Crawford studied at the Otis Institute in Los Angeles, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and the Barnes Foundation in Pennsylvania, at the Academie Colarossi in Paris, and at Columbia University in New York. In the mid 1930s, Crawford started to draw attention for his Precisionist depictions of industrial landscapes. After serving with the weather division of the military during World War II, Crawford continued his work as an artist and educator, teaching in nearly a dozen universities over the remaining decades of his life. Interestingly, in 1927, he worked briefly at the Walt Disney Studios and, later, was witness, as an "art observer", to the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests in the 1950s. "Grey Street" is a quintessential example of his work - a stark depiction of the mid 20th century American landscape in a Minimalist style. The effect of which is subtle, imparting a mood of emptiness and isolation without any overt sense of fear or melancholy.

        Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Freight Cars #2 Image: 9 ¾ x 14 ¼ in. (248 x 3
        Aug. 18, 2023

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Freight Cars #2 Image: 9 ¾ x 14 ¼ in. (248 x 3

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Freight Cars #2 Image: 9 ¾ x 14 ¼ in. (248 x 362 mm.) Sheet: 13 1/8 x 20 in. (333 x 508 mm.)

        Christie's
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Third Avenue Elevated #1 Image: 10 ½ x 17 3/8
        Aug. 18, 2023

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Third Avenue Elevated #1 Image: 10 ½ x 17 3/8

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Third Avenue Elevated #1 Image: 10 ½ x 17 3/8 in. (267 x 441 mm.) Sheet: 13 x 19 7/8 in. (330 x 505 mm.)

        Christie's
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978)
        Jul. 29, 2023

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978)

        Est: $1,000 - $3,000

        "Grey Street, 1940" color screen print. 15 x 18 inches (sheet)

        John McInnis Auctioneers
      • Ralston CRAWFORD (1906-1978)
        Jun. 09, 2023

        Ralston CRAWFORD (1906-1978)

        Est: $6,000 - $9,000

        Ralston CRAWFORD (1906-1978) ; Untitled abstract ; mid 20th century ; oil on canvas / unframed ; dimensions 57,3 x 67,3 cm (22 1/2 x 26 1/2 in.) ; signed lower right corner ; Shipping to USA - DHL $250 , National post with tracking service $120 / Shipping to EU, Russia, Middle Assia - DHL $150 , National post with tracking service $65

        Art-Torg
      • Ralston Crawford, Precisionist
        Jun. 01, 2023

        Ralston Crawford, Precisionist

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        Ralston Crawford Precisionist 1938 lithograph in colors image: 17.25 h x 23.75 w in (44 x 60 cm) sight: 18.5 h x 24.625 w in (47 x 63 cm) Signed and numbered to lower edge 'Ralston Crawford artist's proof'. This work is an artist's proof apart from the edition of unknown size. This work will ship from Lambertville, New Jersey.

        Rago Arts and Auction Center
      • Ralston Crawford Mixed Media Painting, Work on Paper
        Mar. 04, 2023

        Ralston Crawford Mixed Media Painting, Work on Paper

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        Work is titled "For Love Recital." Provenance: Consignor purchased the work from Bill Hood & Sons, Delray Beach, Florida, circa 2000.

        Palm Beach Modern Auctions
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD, SS DE GRASSE, LITHOGRAPH
        Feb. 28, 2023

        RALSTON CRAWFORD, SS DE GRASSE, LITHOGRAPH

        Est: $2,500 - $3,500

        Artist: Ralston Crawford, Canadian/American (1906 – 1978) Title: SS De Grasse Year: 1952 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 106/200 Image Size: 11 5/8 x 14 5/8 inches Size: 15 x 22 in. (38.1 x 55.88 cm) Frame Size: 20.5 x 27 inches Printer: Desjobert, Paris Publisher: La Guilde Internationale de Gravure, Geneva (blindstamp) Reference: Freeman 52.16 Description: Ralston Crawford (1906–1978) was an American abstract painter, lithographer, and photographer. This minimalist abstract lithograph by him features simple geometric shapes aligned to the left and center of the composition.

        RoGallery
      • [EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY] -- [MUSIC]. CRAWFORD, Ralston (1906-1978), photographer. Eureka Brass Band, Three Musicians on Break. [New Orleans, LA]:  ca 1960s.
        Feb. 28, 2023

        [EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY] -- [MUSIC]. CRAWFORD, Ralston (1906-1978), photographer. Eureka Brass Band, Three Musicians on Break. [New Orleans, LA]:  ca 1960s.

        Est: $350 - $450

        [EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY] -- [MUSIC]. CRAWFORD, Ralston (1906-1978), photographer. Eureka Brass Band, Three Musicians on Break. [New Orleans, LA]:  ca 1960s. 8 x 10 in. silver gelatin photograph (minor edge and corner wear). Verso with penciled number, "05200," and credit, "Photo by Ralston Crawford." A candid view of three members from the Eureka Brass Band taking a break after a performance.   This lot is located in Cincinnati.

        Hindman
      • Ralston Crawford "St Gilles #3" Lithograph
        Feb. 19, 2023

        Ralston Crawford "St Gilles #3" Lithograph

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        Ralston Crawford (American, 1906-1978) "St. Gilles Number 3" lithograph depicting an abstract geometric composition, pencil signed and titled lower left, and numbered "14/15" lower right, housed under glass in a silvered wood frame. Image: 24" H x 17.75" W; frame: 35" H x 28.75" W.

        Auctions at Showplace
      • Ralston Crawford Mixed Media Painting, Work on Paper
        Dec. 03, 2022

        Ralston Crawford Mixed Media Painting, Work on Paper

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        Work is titled "For Love Recital." Provenance: Consignor purchased the work from Bill Hood & Sons, Delray Beach, Florida, circa 2000.

        Palm Beach Modern Auctions
      • Ralston CRAWFORD (1906-1978)
        Oct. 14, 2022

        Ralston CRAWFORD (1906-1978)

        Est: $9,000 - $11,000

        Ralston CRAWFORD (1906-1978) ; Untitled abstract ; mid 20th century ; oil on canvas / unframed ; dimensions 57,3 x 67,3 cm (22 1/2 x 26 1/2 in.) ; signed lower right corner ; Shipping to USA - DHL $250 , National post with tracking service $120 / Shipping to EU, Russia, Middle Assia - DHL $150 , National post with tracking service $65

        Art-Torg
      • Ralston Crawford (American, 1906-1978) Issy Les Moulineaux #2, 1955
        Aug. 22, 2022

        Ralston Crawford (American, 1906-1978) Issy Les Moulineaux #2, 1955

        Est: $300 - $500

        Ralston Crawford (American, 1906-1978) Issy Les Moulineaux #2, 1955 lithograph signed, titled, and inscribed 'ed. 25 + 2 artist proofs' in pencil 10 3/4 x 17 1/4 inches. Property from the Estate of John J. Reiss, sold to benefit the Lois Ehlert and John Reiss Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design Exhibited: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Milwaukee Art Center, Collection of John J. Reiss, December 15, 1960-January 15, 1961

        Hindman
      • Ralston Crawford Screenprint, Grey Street ex Christie's
        Jul. 14, 2022

        Ralston Crawford Screenprint, Grey Street ex Christie's

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        Ralston Crawford (American, 1906-1978). "Grey Street" screenprint in colors, 1940. Hand signed and titled in pencil in lower margin. An outstanding impression of this early print of "Grey Street" by Ralston Crawford, replete with vibrant imagery and strong coloration. The scene is rendered in Crawford's classic Precisionist style, employing hard-edged abstraction to interpret his keen observations of the American landscape. Note how Crawford has eliminated any vehicles or pedestrians, and instead, has reduced the view to flat planes of color and minimalist silhouettes of the various elements, albeit with one exception, a lone painterly white cloud in the sky above. Size of image: 11.75" L x 14.75" W (29.8 cm x 37.5 cm) Size of frame: 17.625" L x 21.5" W (44.8 cm x 54.6 cm) Ralston Crawford moved with his family from Ontario, Canada to Buffalo, New York when he was just four years old. Both his father and uncle were sea captains, and Ralston worked as a sailor on steamships traveling to Central America, the Caribbean, California, and New Orleans as a youth. In time he studied at the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, worked in Walt Disney's studio, and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Barnes Foundation, Merion, Pennsylvania. Inspired by artists like Cezanne and Matisse who demonstrated a mesmerizing command of line and color, Ralston relocated to New York City in 1930 and became a rising star of the Precisionist movement, creating hard-edged, abstract industrial scenes. After traveling to Paris where he studied at Academie Colorossi and Academie Scandinave as well as Spain and Italy, he returned to the states to study at Columbia University. By the mid 1930s, Ralston lived in Chadds Ford and Exton, Pennsylvania, where he was captivated by the region's train stations, rural barns, and factories. He had his first solo exhibition at the Maryland Institute of Art in 1934, and his work began to receive favorable reviews from The New York Times and the New York Sun. In addition, Ralston taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, the Brooklyn Museum School, the New School in New York City, and also made numerous trips to New Orleans to photograph the jazz musicians of that city. Today, Ralston Crawford is known as one of the most important pioneers of Precisionism. He worked in various media - painting, silkscreen and graphic arts, sometimes incorporating photography or practicing photography as an abstract medium - creating striking mid-century compositions that were somewhat abstract and simultaneously employed his keen observations of the industrial landscape. Ralston Crawford's artworks are in important public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ralston Crawford's "Grey Street" realized $9,375 at Swann Galleries (Sale 2407 - Lot 307 - March 8, 2016). Provenance: Private Boulder, Colorado, USA collection, acquired from Christie's "American and Modern Prints and Illustrated Books" - November 19, 1993, Lot 24 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm. Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping. #170926

        Artemis Gallery
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD The Windows.
        Jun. 30, 2022

        RALSTON CRAWFORD The Windows.

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        RALSTON CRAWFORD The Windows. Color lithograph, 1957. 336x518 mm; 13 1/4x20 1/2 inches, full margins. Signed and numbered 21/25 in pencil, lower margin. Printed by Mourlot, Paris. A very good impression of this extremely scarce lithograph with strong colors. Crawford (1906-1978) is known for his depictions of industry in a Precisionist style. He was born in Ontario, near Niagara Falls, and moved to Buffalo, New York in 1910. He studied at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, The Pennsylvania Academy of Art, the Barnes Foundation (where he came into contact with masterpieces by Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse) and the Hugh Breckenridge School. Over the course of his career, working in both country (Chadds Ford and Exton, Pennsylvania) and urban settings, notably New York and New Orleans, Crawford developed into one of the foremost American Precisionists, along with Stuart Davis (1892-1964), Charles Sheeler (1883-1965) and Louis Lozowick (1892-1973). Precisionism evolved from its roots in European Cubism with its sharp edges and flattened forms, but American Precisionists focused primarily on depicting industrial subjects. Crawford's work emphasized American symbols of industry such as skyscrapers, bridges, silos and machinery, creating dynamic, modern and innovative compositions out of flattened forms. He also experimented with photography and graphic media such as screenprints.

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD Third Avenue Elevated #4.
        Jun. 30, 2022

        RALSTON CRAWFORD Third Avenue Elevated #4.

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        RALSTON CRAWFORD Third Avenue Elevated #4. Color lithograph, 1952. 435x260 mm; 17 1/8x10 1/4 inches, full margins. Signed and numbered 27/45 in pencil, lower margin. Printed by Desjobert, Paris. A very good impression of this extremely scarce lithograph. Crawford (1906-1978) is known for his depictions of industry in a Precisionist style. He was born in Ontario, near Niagara Falls, and moved to Buffalo, New York in 1910. He studied at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, The Pennsylvania Academy of Art, the Barnes Foundation (where he came into contact with masterpieces by Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse) and the Hugh Breckenridge School. Over the course of his career, working in both country (Chadds Ford and Exton, Pennsylvania) and urban settings, notably New York and New Orleans, Crawford developed into one of the foremost American Precisionists, along with Stuart Davis (1892-1964), Charles Sheeler (1883-1965) and Louis Lozowick (1892-1973). Precisionism evolved from its roots in European Cubism with its sharp edges and flattened forms, but American Precisionists focused primarily on depicting industrial subjects. Crawford's work emphasized American symbols of industry such as skyscrapers, bridges, silos and machinery, creating dynamic, modern and innovative compositions out of flattened forms. He also experimented with photography and graphic media such as screenprints. The third avenue elevated train was a subject of Crawford's photographs in the 1940s. Later he decided to transfer them to other media; his series of eight lithographs was completed in the early 1950s in Paris. Each lithograph shows the elevated pared down to its most basic form so that it takes on a new abstract shape.

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD Third Avenue Elevated #1A.
        Jun. 30, 2022

        RALSTON CRAWFORD Third Avenue Elevated #1A.

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        RALSTON CRAWFORD Third Avenue Elevated #1A. Lithograph, 1951. 265x440 mm; 10 1/2x17 1/2 inches, full margins. Signed and numbered 6/8 in pencil, lower right margin. Printed by Desjobert, Paris. A very good impression of this extremely scarce lithograph. Crawford (1906-1978) is known for his depictions of industry in a Precisionist style. He was born in Ontario, near Niagara Falls, and moved to Buffalo, New York in 1910. He studied at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, The Pennsylvania Academy of Art, the Barnes Foundation (where he came into contact with masterpieces by Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse) and the Hugh Breckenridge School. Over the course of his career, working in both country (Chadds Ford and Exton, Pennsylvania) and urban settings, notably New York and New Orleans, Crawford developed into one of the foremost American Precisionists, along with Stuart Davis (1892-1964), Charles Sheeler (1883-1965) and Louis Lozowick(1892-1973). Precisionism evolved from its roots in European Cubism with its sharp edges and flattened forms, but American Precisionists focused primarily on depicting industrial subjects. Crawford's work emphasized American symbols of industry such as skyscrapers, bridges, silos and machinery, creating dynamic, modern and innovative compositions out of flattened forms. He also experimented with photography and graphic media such as screenprints. The third avenue elevated train was a subject of Crawford's photographs in the 1940s. Later he decided to transfer them to other media; his series of eight lithographs was completed in the early 1950s in Paris. Each lithograph shows the elevated pared down to its most basic form so that it takes on a new abstract shape. Freeman 51.3.

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD Building Facade, New York City.
        Jun. 30, 2022

        RALSTON CRAWFORD Building Facade, New York City.

        Est: $2,000 - $3,000

        RALSTON CRAWFORD Building Facade, New York City. Silver print, 1940. 111x155 mm; 4 3/8x6 1/8 inches. With Crawford's Estate stamp with a reference number in ink on verso; with a Robert Miller Gallery, New York label on mat verso. Crawford (1906-1978) is known for his depictions of industry in a Precisionist style. He was born in Ontario, near Niagara Falls, and moved to Buffalo, New York in 1910. He studied at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, The Pennsylvania Academy of Art, the Barnes Foundation (where he came into contact with masterpieces by Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse) and the Hugh Breckenridge School. Over the course of his career, working in both country (Chadds Ford and Exton, Pennsylvania) and urban settings, notably New York and New Orleans, Crawford developed into one of the foremost American Precisionists, along with Stuart Davis (1892-1964), Charles Sheeler (1883-1965) and Louis Lozowick (1892-1973). Precisionism evolved from its roots in European Cubism with its sharp edges and flattened forms, but American Precisionists focused primarily on depicting industrial subjects. Crawford's work emphasized American symbols of industry such as skyscrapers, bridges, silos and machinery, creating dynamic, modern and innovative compositions out of flattened forms. He also experimented with photography and graphic media such as screenprints.

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD Cologne Landscape #4.
        Jun. 30, 2022

        RALSTON CRAWFORD Cologne Landscape #4.

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        RALSTON CRAWFORD Cologne Landscape #4. Lithograph, 1951. 270x440 mm; 10 5/8x17 3/8 inches, full margins. Signed and numbered 4/15 in pencil, lower left. Printed by Desjobert, Paris. A very good impression of this extremely scarce lithograph. We have not found another impression of this lithograph at auction in the past 30 years. Crawford (1906-1978) is known for his depictions of industry in a Precisionist style. He was born in Ontario, near Niagara Falls, and moved to Buffalo, New York in 1910. He studied at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, The Pennsylvania Academy of Art, the Barnes Foundation (where he came into contact with masterpieces by Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse) and the Hugh Breckenridge School. Over the course of his career, working in both country (Chadds Ford and Exton, Pennsylvania) and urban settings, notably New York and New Orleans, Crawford developed into one of the foremost American Precisionists, along with Stuart Davis (1892-1964), Charles Sheeler (1883-1965) and Louis Lozowick (1892-1973). Precisionism evolved from its roots in European Cubism with its sharp edges and flattened forms, but American Precisionists focused primarily on depicting industrial subjects. Crawford's work emphasized American symbols of industry such as skyscrapers, bridges, silos and machinery, creating dynamic, modern and innovative compositions out of flattened forms. He also experimented with photography and graphic media such as screenprints. Freeman 51.7.

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD Grey Street.
        Jun. 30, 2022

        RALSTON CRAWFORD Grey Street.

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        RALSTON CRAWFORD Grey Street. Color screenprint, 1940. 307x380 mm; 11 3/4x15 inches, full margins. Signed, titled and dedicated in pencil, lower margin. A superb, richly-inked impression of this very scarce print with fresh colors. Crawford (1906-1978) is known for his depictions of industry in a Precisionist style. He was born in Ontario, near Niagara Falls, and moved to Buffalo, New York in 1910. He studied at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, The Pennsylvania Academy of Art, the Barnes Foundation (where he came into contact with masterpieces by Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse) and the Hugh Breckenridge School. Over the course of his career, working in both country (Chadds Ford and Exton, Pennsylvania) and urban settings, notably New York and New Orleans, Crawford developed into one of the foremost American Precisionists, along with Stuart Davis (1892-1964), Charles Sheeler (1883-1965) and Louis Lozowick (1892-1973). Precisionism evolved from its roots in European Cubism with its sharp edges and flattened forms, but American Precisionists focused primarily on depicting industrial subjects. Crawford's work emphasized American symbols of industry such as skyscrapers, bridges, silos and machinery, creating dynamic, modern and innovative compositions out of flattened forms. He also experimented with photography and graphic media such as screenprints.

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • Ralston Crawford Screenprint, Grey Street ex Christie's
        May. 19, 2022

        Ralston Crawford Screenprint, Grey Street ex Christie's

        Est: $4,500 - $6,750

        Ralston Crawford (American, 1906-1978). "Grey Street" screenprint in colors, 1940. Hand signed and titled in pencil in lower margin. An outstanding impression of this early print of "Grey Street" by Ralston Crawford, replete with vibrant imagery and strong coloration. The scene is rendered in Crawford's classic Precisionist style, employing hard-edged abstraction to interpret his keen observations of the American landscape. Note how Crawford has eliminated any vehicles or pedestrians, and instead, has reduced the view to flat planes of color and minimalist silhouettes of the various elements, albeit with one exception, a lone painterly white cloud in the sky above. Size of image: 11.75" L x 14.75" W (29.8 cm x 37.5 cm) Size of frame: 17.625" L x 21.5" W (44.8 cm x 54.6 cm) Ralston Crawford moved with his family from Ontario, Canada to Buffalo, New York when he was just four years old. Both his father and uncle were sea captains, and Ralston worked as a sailor on steamships traveling to Central America, the Caribbean, California, and New Orleans as a youth. In time he studied at the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, worked in Walt Disney's studio, and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Barnes Foundation, Merion, Pennsylvania. Inspired by artists like Cezanne and Matisse who demonstrated a mesmerizing command of line and color, Ralston relocated to New York City in 1930 and became a rising star of the Precisionist movement, creating hard-edged, abstract industrial scenes. After traveling to Paris where he studied at Academie Colorossi and Academie Scandinave as well as Spain and Italy, he returned to the states to study at Columbia University. By the mid 1930s, Ralston lived in Chadds Ford and Exton, Pennsylvania, where he was captivated by the region's train stations, rural barns, and factories. He had his first solo exhibition at the Maryland Institute of Art in 1934, and his work began to receive favorable reviews from The New York Times and the New York Sun. In addition, Ralston taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, the Brooklyn Museum School, the New School in New York City, and also made numerous trips to New Orleans to photograph the jazz musicians of that city. Today, Ralston Crawford is known as one of the most important pioneers of Precisionism. He worked in various media - painting, silkscreen and graphic arts, sometimes incorporating photography or practicing photography as an abstract medium - creating striking mid-century compositions that were somewhat abstract and simultaneously employed his keen observations of the industrial landscape. Ralston Crawford's artworks are in important public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ralston Crawford's "Grey Street" realized $9,375 at Swann Galleries (Sale 2407 - Lot 307 - March 8, 2016). Provenance: Private Boulder, Colorado, USA collection, acquired from Christie's "American and Modern Prints and Illustrated Books" - November 19, 1993, Lot 24 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm. Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping. #170926

        Artemis Gallery
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD Grey Street.
        Apr. 28, 2022

        RALSTON CRAWFORD Grey Street.

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        RALSTON CRAWFORD Grey Street. Color screenprint, 1940. 307x380 mm; 11 7/8x15 inches, full margins. Signed, titled and dedicated in pencil, lower margin. A superb, richly-inked impression of this very scarce print with fresh colors.

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Building Facade, New York City.
        Apr. 14, 2022

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Building Facade, New York City.

        Est: $2,500 - $3,500

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Building Facade, New York City. Silver print, the image measuring 4 3/8x6 1/8 inches (11.1x15.5 cm.), with Crawford's Estate stamp with a reference number in ink on verso; with a Robert Miller Gallery, New York label on mat verso. 1940

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • Ralston Crawford (1906-1978); Freight Car;
        Apr. 07, 2022

        Ralston Crawford (1906-1978); Freight Car;

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        Ralston Crawford (1906-1978) Freight Car, 1939 Gelatin silver contact print, printed 1939; Estate stamp numbered '639' in ink on the verso. 2 3/4 x 3 1/2in (6 x 8.3cm) sheet 3 x 4in (7.6 x 10.7cm) For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

        Bonhams
      • Ralston Crawford Screenprint, Grey Street ex Christie's
        Mar. 24, 2022

        Ralston Crawford Screenprint, Grey Street ex Christie's

        Est: $5,000 - $8,000

        Ralston Crawford (American, 1906-1978). "Grey Street" screenprint in colors, 1940. Hand signed and titled in pencil in lower margin. An outstanding impression of this early print of "Grey Street" by Ralston Crawford, replete with vibrant imagery and strong coloration. The scene is rendered in Crawford's classic Precisionist style, employing hard-edged abstraction to interpret his keen observations of the American landscape. Note how Crawford has eliminated any vehicles or pedestrians, and instead, has reduced the view to flat planes of color and minimalist silhouettes of the various elements, albeit with one exception, a lone painterly white cloud in the sky above. Size of image: 11.75" L x 14.75" W (29.8 cm x 37.5 cm) Size of frame: 17.625" L x 21.5" W (44.8 cm x 54.6 cm) Ralston Crawford moved with his family from Ontario, Canada to Buffalo, New York when he was just four years old. Both his father and uncle were sea captains, and Ralston worked as a sailor on steamships traveling to Central America, the Caribbean, California, and New Orleans as a youth. In time he studied at the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, worked in Walt Disney's studio, and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Barnes Foundation, Merion, Pennsylvania. Inspired by artists like Cezanne and Matisse who demonstrated a mesmerizing command of line and color, Ralston relocated to New York City in 1930 and became a rising star of the Precisionist movement, creating hard-edged, abstract industrial scenes. After traveling to Paris where he studied at Academie Colorossi and Academie Scandinave as well as Spain and Italy, he returned to the states to study at Columbia University. By the mid 1930s, Ralston lived in Chadds Ford and Exton, Pennsylvania, where he was captivated by the region's train stations, rural barns, and factories. He had his first solo exhibition at the Maryland Institute of Art in 1934, and his work began to receive favorable reviews from The New York Times and the New York Sun. In addition, Ralston taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, the Brooklyn Museum School, the New School in New York City, and also made numerous trips to New Orleans to photograph the jazz musicians of that city. Today, Ralston Crawford is known as one of the most important pioneers of Precisionism. He worked in various media - painting, silkscreen and graphic arts, sometimes incorporating photography or practicing photography as an abstract medium - creating striking mid-century compositions that were somewhat abstract and simultaneously employed his keen observations of the industrial landscape. Ralston Crawford's artworks are in important public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ralston Crawford's "Grey Street" realized $9,375 at Swann Galleries (Sale 2407 - Lot 307 - March 8, 2016). Provenance: Private Boulder, Colorado, USA collection, acquired from Christie's "American and Modern Prints and Illustrated Books" - November 19, 1993, Lot 24 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm. Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping. #170926

        Artemis Gallery
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Boulder Dam * Steel Plates, Coulee Dame, Washington.
        Feb. 10, 2022

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Boulder Dam * Steel Plates, Coulee Dame, Washington.

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Boulder Dam * Steel Plates, Coulee Dame, Washington. Together, 2 silver prints, the images measuring 10 5/8 inches square and 15 1/8x17 5/8 inches (27 and 38.4x44.8 cm.), the sheets 14x11 and 16x20 inches (35.6x27.9 and 40.6x50.8 cm.), each with Crawford's Estate stamp with a reference number, in ink, and a numeric notation, in pencil, the first with the title and numeric notation, again, in ink, on verso. 1971-72

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • 33 Ralston Crawford S. S. De Grasse Lithographs
        Jan. 23, 2022

        33 Ralston Crawford S. S. De Grasse Lithographs

        Est: $400 - $600

        CRAWFORD, Ralston, (American, 1906-1978): "S. S. De Grasse", Lithographs in colors, pencil signed lower right, from the edition of 200. various blind stamps. Image size 11.5" x 15", page size 15" x 22.5". Condition: Toning, scattered foxing.

        Amero Auctions
      • Ralston CRAWFORD (1906-1978)
        Dec. 17, 2021

        Ralston CRAWFORD (1906-1978)

        Est: $7,000 - $9,000

        Ralston CRAWFORD (1906-1978) ; Untitled abstract ; mid 20th century ; oil on canvas / unframed ; dimensions 57,3 x 67,3 cm (22 1/2 x 26 1/2 in.) ; signed lower right corner ; Shipping to USA - DHL $250 , National post with tracking service $120 / Shipping to EU, Russia, Middle Assia - DHL $150 , National post with tracking service $65

        Art-Torg
      • Ralston Crawford (Canadian/American, 1906-1978)
        Dec. 09, 2021

        Ralston Crawford (Canadian/American, 1906-1978)

        Est: $400 - $600

        Ralston Crawford (Canadian/American, 1906-1978) , "New Orleans # 7", 1954, lithograph, pencil-signed, titled and numbered "24/25" lower margin, "Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York, NY" label with artist, title and date on reverse of mat, "LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA" label on backing paper, sheet 22 3/8 in. x 15 in., framed Condition: Overall fair condition. Ext. Frame: 24 3/4 in. x 18 1/4 in. x 3/4 in.

        Neal Auction Company
      • Ralston Crawford (Canadian/American, 1906-1978)
        Dec. 09, 2021

        Ralston Crawford (Canadian/American, 1906-1978)

        Est: $400 - $600

        Ralston Crawford (Canadian/American, 1906-1978) , "New Orleans # 1", 1952, lithograph, pencil-signed, titled, numbered "16/16" and inscribed lower margin, "Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York, NY" label with artist, title and date on reverse of mat, "LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans , LA" label on backing paper, sheet 12 15/16 in. x 19 5/8 in., framed Condition: Overall good condition. Ext. Frame: 18 1/4 in. x 24 3/4 in. x 7/8 in.

        Neal Auction Company
      • Ralston Crawford, (American, 1906-1978), The Windows, 1957, color lithograph, 13" x 20"
        Dec. 02, 2021

        Ralston Crawford, (American, 1906-1978), The Windows, 1957, color lithograph, 13" x 20"

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Ralston Crawford (American, 1906-1978) The Windows, 1957 color lithograph signed and numbered lower margin edition of 25 printed by Mourlot Frères, Paris, France 13" x 20"

        Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
      • Ralston Crawford (1906-1978): Crack-up
        Dec. 01, 2021

        Ralston Crawford (1906-1978): Crack-up

        Est: $600 - $900

        Lithograph in black on wove paper, 1949, signed and titled in pencil, numbered 6/30. 11 1/2 x 16 in. (sheet), unframed. Literature: Freeman L. 49.1. Prints from the Collection of Lois B. Torf

        Stair
      • Ralston Crawford (1906-1978): USS Nevada (Red and Black)
        Dec. 01, 2021

        Ralston Crawford (1906-1978): USS Nevada (Red and Black)

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Screenprint in red and black on wove paper, 1949, unsigned, inscribed '26' lower right. 17 1/4 x 23 3/8 in. (sheet), unframed. Literature: Hirschl & Adler 45. Prints from the Collection of Lois B. Torf

        Stair
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD S.S. De Grasse.
        Nov. 02, 2021

        RALSTON CRAWFORD S.S. De Grasse.

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        RALSTON CRAWFORD S.S. De Grasse. Color lithograph, 1952. 295x370 mm; 11 3/4x14 3/4 inches, full margins. Signed and numbered 28/200 in pencil, lower margin. Printed by Desjobert, Paris. Published by La Guilde Internationale de Gravure, Geneva, with the blind stamp lower left. Freeman 52.16.

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Girder and wooden beam * Ship's Vent.
        Oct. 21, 2021

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Girder and wooden beam * Ship's Vent.

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Girder and wooden beam * Ship's Vent. Silver prints, the images measuring 6 1/4x8 1/2 and 6 1/2x9 1/2 inches (15.9x21.6 and 16.5x24.1 cm.), the sheets 8x10 and 6 3/4x10 inches (20.3x25.4 and 17.1x25.4 cm.), each with Crawford's Estate hand stamp with a reference number, in ink, and a numeric notation, in pencil, or hand stamp, on verso. 1947

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Anchor on the Coast.
        Sep. 21, 2021

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Anchor on the Coast.

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Anchor on the Coast. Pen and ink and watercolor on cream wove paper. 288x364 mm; 11 3/8x14 1/4 inches. Signed and dedicated in ink (signature partially trimmed), lower right recto. 1955.

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Untitled (Sails).
        Sep. 21, 2021

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Untitled (Sails).

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Untitled (Sails). Watercolor and pen and ink on thin cream wove paper. 350x240 mm; 14x9 1/2 inches. Signed in ink, upper right recto, and dated in pencil, lower right recto. 1938.

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Coney Island.
        Sep. 21, 2021

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Coney Island.

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Coney Island. Etching. 75x140 mm; 3x5 1/2 inches, full margins. Signed, titled, inscribed "2nd St." and numbered 4/15 in pencil, lower margin (presumably the editioned, second state of two). 1949. A very good impression of this extremely scarce, early etching. We have not found another impression at auction in the past 30 years.

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Lovely Stornoway (Memories).
        Sep. 21, 2021

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Lovely Stornoway (Memories).

        Est: $2,000 - $3,000

        RALSTON CRAWFORD (1906-1978) Lovely Stornoway (Memories). Pen and ink on thin cream wove paper. 240x355 mm; 9 1/2x13 7/8 inches. Signed, dated and titled in ink, lower recto. 1970. Stornoway is the main town in the Hebrides or Western Isles of Scotland. An avid traveler, Crawford depicted Stornoway and other Scottish locales in sketches and photographs from the early 1970s.

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