Americana Fall 2002
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Noted illustrator and later painter of traditional style western genre. Strang began his studies at the Art Institute of Chicago and later, following his service in World War I (where he was wounded at the Argonne), attended the Art Students League in New York. He began his professional career in 1921, working for a number of ad agencies as well as being a frequent illustration contributor to numerous magazines. In 1938 he moved to Arizona where he turned his attention, almost exclusively, to painting western scenes. Item: Story illustration depicting a World War I battle scene. The finely rendered image, the details of which were probably still fresh in his mind at the time, pictures a French soldier unexpectedly walking into a German machine gun nest, with the obvious unfortunate results. There is a slight horizontal crease along the top portion of the painting which does not break the surface paint. Gouache on board, circa 1923, signed lower left. Image area: 15" x 22-1/2", Board: 20" x 30".
Ray C. Strang (1893-1957)
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