The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of June 25, 2024

American Pattern--Barn

American Pattern--Barn

(American, 1904–1967)
Sheet: 29.1 x 43 cm (11 7/16 x 16 15/16 in.); Image: 19.5 x 35.3 cm (7 11/16 x 13 7/8 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Fine and Looney 184
Location: not on view


Benton Spruance was a celebrated painter in Philadelphia but his greatest contributions were to American printmaking--as a printmaker (evident in his over 500 lithographs) and as a teacher of the history and techniques of the graphic arts. This print reflects both the artist's interest in imagery relating to the American experience and his modernist sensibilities. The image of a typical American barn has been reduced to an arrangement of Precisionist geometric forms, enlivened by a rhythmic pattern of blacks, grays and tan, punctuated by the white, unprinted areas of the paper.
  • From Rembrandt to Rauschenberg: Recently Acquired Prints. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 17-November 26, 2000).
    Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; September 17 - November 26, 2000. "From Rembrandt to Rauschenberg: Recently Acquired Prints."
  • {{cite web|title=American Pattern--Barn|url=false|author=Benton Spruance|year=1940|access-date=25 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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