C. Griffith MannÂ Chief Curator
Raymond Jonson (American, 1891-1982)
oil on canvas, Unframed: 88.9 x 104.2 cm (35 x 41 in.). Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2009.269
The radically stylized tendencies in Rock at Sea were motivated by Jonsonâ€™s earlier work as an avant-garde scenic and lighting designer for the esteemed Chicago Little Theatre. Inspired by the jagged coast of Ogunquit, Maine, the paintingâ€™s visionary rendering of nature embodies the artistâ€™s long-standing interest in communicating mystical concepts. Later, Jonson would move to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and co-found the Transcendental Painting Group, an association of artists dedicated to expressing the imaginative and spiritual realms through abstract art.
Omaha Society of Fine Arts, Public Library Galleries: Exhibition of Paintings by Raymond Jonson, March 24-April 20, 1924, checklist no. 3.
Kansas City Art Institute: An Exhibit of Paintings by Raymond Jonson, May 1924, checklist no. 3.
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