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Object ID Number SAM 1956.91
Object Name Print
Artist Crawford, Ralston
Title First Avenue
Date 1954
Culture American
Copyright Estate of Ralston Crawford
Credit line Museum Acquisition Fund
Exhibit Label Ralston Crawford was one of the foremost Precisionist painters of the 1930s. He studied art at the Otis Art Institute, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Barnes Foundation. He was known for creating precise images of America’s growing industrial landscape including bridges, grain elevators, and shipyards. He worked in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, photography and film. By the 1950s, his work had evolved towards bold and heavy lines with a nod towards abstraction.

"First Avenue" depicts a highly abstracted street view of a major metropolitan thoroughfare, perhaps New Orleans, a city to which he returned over and over again (he was endlessly inspired by jazz music). The curbs and sidewalks are reduced to geometric forms, placed haphazardly across the composition, reflecting the frenetic pace of an urban city street.
Medium Lithograph/Ink
Material Paper
Image size 14 3/4" H x 22" W
Signed Name "Ralston Crawford"
Signature Location Lower right margin
Currently on view No
People Crawford, Ralston
Subjects Monotone
Abstract
Movement