Fred Geary
MISSOURI MASTER OF THE WOODCUT

Born in Clarence and raised in Carrollton, Missouri, artist Fred Geary (1894-1946) began printmaking late in life. Although he made his first woodcut at the age of thirty-five, he became a leading figure in the American woodcut revival of the 1930s and 1940s.

Geary made his living as a designer for the Fred Harvey Company, which operated restaurants, hotels, and dining cars throughout the Southwest. His art deco design sensibilities pervade his fine art, as does the influence of Spanish-American art. Geary’s woodcuts and wood engravings also have affinities with Regionalist art of the 1930s and 40s, which often focuses on rural, working-class Midwestern subjects.
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