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EVERETT FRANKLIN SPRUCE (American, 1908-2002)
Ledge, 1969
Acrylic and crayon on masonite
27 x 19 inches (68.6 x 48.3 cm)
Signed lower left: SPRUCE
Titled and dated verso: Ledge 1969

Valley House Gallery Inc., Dallas (label verso).

Franklin Everett Spruce's Ledge is painted in a powerful style, which manages to be simultaneously frenzied and ordered. A wonderfully expressive surface contributes to its dynamic yet barely restrained energy, which is moody, hypnotic, and lyrical. Lush colors, especially the reds and lavenders, make this painting compelling and seductive.

Born in Conway, Arkansas, Spruce studied with Olin Travis and Thomas Stell at the Dallas Art Institute. He exhibited at the Texas Centennial Exposition and in 1937 was the first Dallas artist to exhibit at New York's Delphic Studios. The Museum of Modern Art acquired a Spruce painting in 1939, and in 1940 he joined the faculty of the University of Texas.

Condition Report*:

Presents nicely. No apparent condition issues. Framed Dimensions 33.75 X 25.75 Inches

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Auction Dates
May, 2013
11th Saturday
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