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Thomas Craven papers, 1919-1949, 1975

Craven, Thomas, 1889-1969

Art critic

Collection Information

Size: 0.7 linear ft. (partially filmed on 1 microfilm reel)

Summary: Dismantled scrapbook (1925-1949, 1975), containing newspaper clippings of Craven's articles and writings which span his career. Also found within the scrapbook are reviews by Oscar Bluemner and Byron Browne of Craven's two anti-modernist books, "Men of Art" and "Modern Art". The collection also contains four letters concerning publications, a typescript essay about Thomas Craven's early career, two files of scattered writings in manuscript form, two bound, handwritten, manuscript versions of "Treasury of Art Masterpieces" (1939), and "Greek Art" (1950), and miscellaneuos loose newsclippings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art critic; New York City; b. 1888; d. 1969 Craven wrote numerous articles, essays, criticisms, and reviews for Scribners, Harpers, The Dial, The Nation, The New Republic, and The Forum. He was art critic for the New York American, the Hearst Paper. After graduating from Kansas Wesleyan University in 1908, Craven lived in Paris for a time. He roomed with American painter Thomas Hart Benton and was friends with John Steuart Curry, George Grosz, Reginald Marsh and Grant Wood. Craven wrote several books including "Men of Art," "Modern Art," "A Treasury of Art Masterpieces," and "Greek Art". Craven was noted for his often caustic reviews and criticisms of the modernistic movement. He died in 1969 at the age of 81.


Donated 1999 by Richard Craven, Thomas Craven's son.