“Gray and Gold,” by American Regionalist John Rogers Cox is a subtly patriotic Midwestern scene of bounteous grainfields, and stormclouds dominating a vast sky. Creating from his imagination, Cox (1915 – 1990) crafted the work for entry in 1942’s Artists for Victory exhibition. He finished the piece the night before the competition’s deadline, shipping it even though the paint had not yet dried. Layered glazes of oil, varnish and turpentine impart the painting with a detailed, flawless appearance. His second, and possibly last painting, “Gray and Gold” won the Second Medal in the Artists for Victory exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
John Rogers Cox (1915 – 1990) only painted two works in his lifetime, yet he profoundly influenced American Regional art. A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, Cox showed artist talent at age 5, and later acquired a fine-arts degree. Originally a bank teller, Cox was soon hired as the first director of Indiana’s Sheldon Swope Museum, which acquired a premier collection of American Regionalist art under his supervision. Cox’s iconic “Gray and Gold” won the Second Medal in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 1942 Artists for Victory exhibition. Cox is regarded as one of America’s most unique Regionalist landscape painters.
This art print displays sharp, vivid images with a high degree of color accuracy. A member of the versatile family of art prints, this high-quality reproduction represents the best of both worlds: quality and affordability. Art prints are created on paper similar to that of a postcard or greeting card using a digital or offset lithography press.