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Ross E. Moffett

Ross E. Moffett: A Good Days Catch<br>Sold at Eldred's in 2011 for $31.050

A Good Days Catch
Sold at Eldred's in 2011 for $31.050

American

1888 - 1971

Like many of his contemporaries Ross Moffett was not born in Provincetown, but was rather an adopted son. Raised in the farm country of Iowa, he began his studies in Chicago before heading to the eastern-most tip of the country to study with Charles Hawthorne.  He would eventually permanently settle in Provincetown with his wife and fellow artist Dorothy Lake Gregory.  Moffett became an important and influential figure in the colony helping to usher in a new wave of modernism.

In addition to his canvas work, Moffett was highly competent muralist, completing numerous WPA era works including installations in the Eisenhower Memorial Foundation in Abilene, Kansas and the Somerville, MA post office.

Moffett was also a dedicated historian and conservationist. He chronicled the first thirty-three years of the art colony in his 1964 book “Art in Narrow Streets”. He was also instrumental in the expansion of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

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