Landscape painter. Born in a log cabin in Belair, IL in 1877. Crocker was from a poor family and dropped out of school in the third grade. He began drawing as a teenager and later studied painting in Decatur with Jean Mannheim and at the AIC. In 1909 he moved to California. While living in Oakland, he commuted to San Francisco where he had a studio on Post Street while working as a reporter for the Berkeley Gazette. In 1919 he moved to Los Angeles and opened a studio which was a gathering spot for intellectuals, writers, and world-famous personalities. Returning to Chicago in 1938, he died there on Oct. 18, 1950. Although his work includes portraits and figures, Crocker was primarily a visionary painter of landscapes. Most of his murky landNearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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