Bruce Crane

(1857 – 1937)

A noted American impressionist artist that is well recognized both in private collections as well as some of the most important fine art institutions in the United States.

Born in New York City in 1857, Crane worked as an architect/draftsman early in his career but at heart, he was always a painter. His father dealt in painting but he seemed to want his son to pursue his passion. After the first 20 years of his life, Crane had attended the Arts Students League from 1878 to 1882. Just prior to this, Crane had gone to France as well as painting under the guidance of Alexander Wyant in 1876 to 1877. Alexander Wyant, Crane’s close friend died in 1892.

His skill sets provided the opportunities for him to paint primarily in the Adirondacks, New Jersey and East Hampton, Long Island. It seems that during his close acquaintance while painting with Wyant, Crane became an impressionist painter where he became known for his early works including landscapes of mostly fall and winter scenes. As a plein-air- artist, Crane’s works included rural scenes of farms, wood lots, colorful fall scenes and occasional works of along the coast of East Hampton.

In 1914, Crane moved to Bronxville, New York where he further excelled in impressionist landscapes until his death in 1937.

Memberships:
National Academy of Design, Salmagundi Club, Society of American Artists, Lotus Clubs among others.

Museums:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Phillips Academy, Andover, MA; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Brooklyn Museum, among others.

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