Everett Spruce ( American, 1908 - 2002 )

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General Description

Hard edges, strong contour lines, and an unsettling directness mark this portrait of Everett Spruce’s twin daughters Alice and Georgia, which won the prestigious Dealey Prize in 1940. Spruce was closely affiliated with the Dallas Nine, a group of Texas arists known for depicting regionally identifiable subjects with expressive simplification. The outdoor setting and globular clouds surrounding the sitters are typical of Spruce's reductive, barren landscapes.

Raised in Arkansas, Spruce was brought to Dallas in 1925 by the artist couple Olin and Kathryn Travis. A one-time gallery assistant at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Spruce exhibited at the First National Exhibition of American Art at Rockefeller Center and at the Texas Centennial in 1936. He later taught for years at The University of Texas at Austin.

Adapted from

  • Wiliam Keyse Rudolph, DMA label text, 2005.

  • Emily Schiller, DMA label text, 2017.

Fun Facts

  • In the year this painting was completed, 1940, there were approximately 25,000 sets of twins born in the continental United States.