Ross Braught
(1898 - 1983)

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Autumn, Upper Black Eddy


Ross Eugene Braught, who had been referred to by contemporary Thomas Hart Benton as "the greatest living American draftsman" (1), began his formal art studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1921 he was awarded the prestigious Emlem Cresson Memorial Traveling Scholarship which allowed him to travel to England and Italy. In 1923 he married Eugene Ostenton and and the couple made their home in Upper Black Eddy, Delaware until 1928. During his residency in Delaware, Braught exhibited regularly at galleries including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Dudensing Galleries, New York where he had a one-man show.

A life of learning and teaching guided Braught to many different locations in America including Woodstock, New York,where he became a member of the Woodstock art colony, Kansas City, Missouri, where he was head of the painting department at the Kansas City Art Institute, and on sketching trips to the Dakota Badlands, the Grand Canyon, and the Colorado Rockies. He traveled and worked internationally as well, visiting the British Virgin islands, Dutch Guiana, and Puerto Rico. He spent the last years of his life living in Philadelphia, up until his death in 1982.


1. David Cleveland, Ross Braught: A Visual Diary ( New York: Hirschl & Adler, 2000), 5.


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