John Rogers Cox / Gray and Gold / 1942John Rogers Cox
Gray and Gold

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Creator Name: Cox, John Rogers
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1915 - 1990
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: John Rogers Cox
Title: Gray and Gold
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1942
Creation End Date: 1942
Creation Date: 1942
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 91.5cm x 151.8cm
Inscriptions: signed lower right: John Rogers Cox 1942
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1943.60
Credit Line: Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund
Provenance: Artists for Victory, Inc.
Context: The power of this composition derives largely from the simple and realistic depiction of a bountiful American harvest, set below an ominous sky with rising storm clouds, perhaps as a metaphor for world events. The sharp,exacting details and transparent glazes were created by mixing oil paint with varnish and turpentine, a technique popular with American Scene painters of the 1930s and 1940s. Shortly after completing the painting, Cox commented: "I didn't think of it all at once, but set about arranging the composition and size of the canvas so that I could get more wheat in it than anything else....The entire painting was done from imagination and was painted between Labor Day, 1942, and the last day before the deadline shipping date to the Artists for Victory exhibition." (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1942-43, where the canvas received a medal).
AMICA ID: CMA_.1943.60
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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