Stuart Walker, American, 1904 - 1940
oil on linen
Museum purchase with funds provided by Men's Arts Council's Western Art Endowment Fund
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American and Western American
Due to his early death at the age of 35, the work of Stuart Walker is less well-known than his fellow Transcendentalists, Raymond Jonson and Emil Bisttram. Walker painted Mountain Rancho for a New Deal agency whose administrators preferred realistic portrayals of local scenes. Composition N (reproduced on the right) demonstrates that Walker worked simultaneously in abstract styles. Painted the same year as Mountain Rancho, it was Walker’s first non-objective oil painting completed in his short career.