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    EVERETT FRANKLIN SPRUCE (American, 1908-2002)
    The Gate, 1944
    Oil on masonite
    18 x 24 inches (45.7 x 61.0 cm)
    Signed lower right: E. Spruce
    Titled and dated verso: The Gate / 1944

    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.

    In the mid 1940s, Spruce began to paint often near Sanderson in West Texas. Transitioning from his more purely Regionalist works of the late 1930s with their devotion to the "Italian Primitives," Spruce became more and more focused on the rawness and brutality of the West Texas landscape. Moreover, plant forms became more abstract and rather anthropomorphic as seen in The Gate. Even the sky itself has assumed a solidity not seen in Spruce's earlier work.


    Condition Report*:

    Overall very good condition; minor surface grime; two tiny paint chips in sky of upper right corner; possible vertical scratch running through lower right base of tree trunk; under UV examination, no evidence of restoration; frame dimensions:  26 x 32".

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