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Everett Spruce
20th century
(Arkansas, 1908 - 2002, Austin, Texas)

Born in rural Arkansas, Everett Spruce moved to Dallas in 1925 to attend the Dallas Art Institute. Spruce soon became a member of the Dallas Nine, a group of artists who exhibited primarily at the Dallas Public Art Gallery (later the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts). The Dallas Nine, which included Jerry Bywaters, advocated regionalist painting and believed that Texas art should be distinct both from a southern aesthetic and from the Southwestern schools of Taos and Santa Fe. The Dallas Nine were committed to a realistic, Texas-specific art that depicted the everyday life and landscape of the state. Unlike regionalists such as Thomas Hart Benton, who spurned modern art, Spruce embraced Modernism and followed developments in modern art with interest. On University of Texas at Austin faculty 1940 - 1974


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