Craven, Thomas, 1889-....

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Born in Kansas; graduate of Kansas Weslyan University; varied career as a reporter, teacher, free lance writer, and lecturer; considered a leader in the awakening of American art.

From the description of Letter, [ca. 1940] March 28. (University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus). WorldCat record id: 17359223

Writer, author, lecturer, art critic.

From the description of Thomas Craven letter to Alfred S. Dashiell [manuscript], 1931 December 13 and 14. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 174962065

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.

From the description of Thomas Craven papers, 1919-1949, 1975. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83869363

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Craven, Thomas, b. 1889. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1923. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Craven, Thomas, 1889-. Letters, 1925-1930, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946. John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers, 1897-1994. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975. Thomas Hart Benton interviews, 1973 July 23-July 24. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Craven, Thomas, 1889-1969. Letter, [ca. 1940] March 28. University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus, Joseph Anderson Cook Library
referencedIn George Grosz papers, 1893-1981 (inclusive) 1919-1959 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975. Thomas Hart Benton papers, 1906-1975. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Craven, Thomas, b. 1889. Thomas Craven papers, 1919-1949, 1975. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Mellquist, Jerome. Jerome Mellquist letters to Lucie Wiese, 1939-1948. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Culver, Charles B. (Charles Beach), 1908-1967. Late look at the American Scene Movement and its principle figures / by Charles Culver. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975,. Oral history interview with Thomas Hart Benton, 1973 July 23-24 [sound recording]. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Richards, Wallace, 1904-1959. Wallace Richards papers, 1932-1933. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Wortman, Denys, 1887-1958. Denys Wortman papers, 1887-1980. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Craven, Thomas, b. 1889. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1932-1944. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Craven, Thomas, b. 1889. Thomas Craven letter to Alfred S. Dashiell [manuscript], 1931 December 13 and 14. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Portrait file: Guide. Houghton Library
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associatedWith Audubon, John James, 1785-1851. person
associatedWith Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975, person
associatedWith Culver, Charles B. (Charles Beach), 1908-1967. person
associatedWith Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946. person
associatedWith Dashiell, Alfred S., 1901-1970, person
correspondedWith Grosz, George, 1893-1959 person
associatedWith Mellquist, Jerome. person
associatedWith Peattie, Donald Culross, 1898-1964. person
associatedWith Richards, Wallace, 1904-1959. person
associatedWith Wortman, Denys, 1887-1958. person
associatedWith Writers' War Board. corporateBody
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New York (State)
New York (State)--New York
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Art criticism
Art, Modern
Art critics
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Birth 1889-01-06

Death 1969-02-27

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