Ruskin Beechler Stone 1906-2003
Ruskin Beechler Stone was best known as a painter of portraits. From his simple beginnings, Ruskin's skill and talent was unsurpassed by his contemporaries. At the young age of 13 he started a lifelong apprenticeship under Karl Kappes, a noted local Toledo, Ohio artist. In 1922 he was selected by the Toledo News Bee as the most outstanding young local artist. By 18, he was enrolled in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he furthered his studies.
The time spent in Chicago allowed him to develop relationships with Emile Gruppe, Paul Strich and Ken Gore. His studies with Gruppe lasted for nearly two years; during this time Ruskin pain
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