Skyscrapers. c. 1950. Pastel. 29 3/4 x 19 7/8. Provenance: Lewis A. Shepard, Mr.and Mrs. Archie Burack, The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut. Signed, lower right. $19,750. Housed in a stunning 37 x 27-inch champagne gold modernist frame. Price upon request.
The magazine Forum printed Cook's woodcuts from his New England stay and then sent him to New Mexico to provide illustrative 'atmosphere' for its publication of Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop. From then on, he was fascinated by the Southwest. Cook continued to travel, learning lithography in Paris and exhibiting his work in New York. From the late 1920s to the early 1930s, he and his wife lived primarily in New York, where ongoing construction in the city was a major subject of his art. In 1939, the couple settled in New Mexico and Cook took up mural painting. His later work in oils, pastels, watercolors, and graphics won him critical acclaim.
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