Elsie B (Gatch) Driggs
(1898 - 1992)
Elsie B. (Gatch) Driggs was active/lived in New York, Connecticut. Elsie Driggs is known for precisionist urban landscape and dance figure painting.
Biography Elsie B. (Gatch) Driggs
Elsie Driggs, of Hartford, Connecticut, is best known as a
precisionist* painter who, in the 1920s, responded to the clean,
abstract beauty of the machine age in geometrically simplified
compositions. Driggs studied at the Art Students League* (1919
1925), and with Maurice Sterne in Rome.
Her romantic feelings
about industrial forms were part of the general optimism during the
booming prosperity of the 1920s. Her painting, Pittsburgh
(1928), was inspired by a trip to the Jones and Laughlin steel mills,
of which she said: "The particles of dust in the air seemed to catch
and reflect the light to make a backdrop of luminous pale gray behind
the shapes of simple smoke stack and cone. To me it was
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