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 Mildred Lucile Crooks  (1899 - 1972)

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Lived/Active: New York/Illinois      Known for: abstract expressionist painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

The following information was received by Daniel Belle Maison from Jefferey Quinn, a great nephew of the artist, and submitted to AskART in April of 2006:

Mildred's brother Harold pursued genealogy as a hobby and made this entry about Mildred in his book around 1940.

"Mildred Lucile Adams Crooks, born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 12, 1899.  Graduated the Oak Park High School, and, after a few years in the commercial art field in Chicago, moved to New York City.  In addition to commercial work she has established an enviable reputation as a painter, has studied in Paris for several  years, -having her own atelier there and at Cannes, on the French Riviera, she has repeatedly exhibited in New York and Paris.  In 1933 she was given a Hors de Concours for one of her works  exhibited in the Salon des Tuileries.  On January 10, 1932, the New  York Times printed the following:

“Mildred Crooks, a young American artist who has lived and worked  for some time in Paris, is having an exhibition at the Morton Galleries until  January 18.  She is primarily a painter’s painter, who sets herself difficult  problems.  A still-life built up of crude reds and greens, for instance, is worked out with really fine results.  Her “Apples” is probably the most satisfactory piece  in the show.

Miss Crooks is at her best when she does not try to be modern.  The quiet ‘Graveyard in Paris’ with its fringe of brilliant trees, the solidly drawn ‘Head of a Little Boy’, the really careful wrought ‘Interior’ are more successful, one feels, more sincere than the not too convincing forays into surrealist territory. K.G.S.”

At the time of the New York Worlds Fair, in 1939, she executed the  large murals scene in the Brazilian Pavilion, as well as the dioramas in the Ecuadorian  Pavilion.

She was married to Pinckey Daves, of New York City, an architectual  engineer who was at one time U.S. Government representative in connection with constructing the American Embassy, Paris, and who, later, had charge of conditioning the American embassies in Moscow and Prague. They have no children and reside in New York City in 1939.

signed -Harold Crooks

Mildred was a confidant of Aaron Copeland.

GRD Studio, New York, New York, (1929) part of group show
Salon des Echanges, Paris, France (l'exposition artistique la plus originale de l'anne, Dec. 19, 1931 - Jan. 10, 1932)
Morton Gallery, New York, New York (Jan. 4th - 18th, 1932)
Painter's and Sculptor's Gallery, New York, New York, March, (1932)
Salon des Tuileries, Paris, France (1933, received a hors de concours for one of her works)
New York Worlds Fair (1939 - murals in Brazilian pavilion, Ecuadorian pavilion).
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. (July 7 - August 20 1941)
Pachita Crespi Gallery of Creative Art, New York, New York (October 15th -29th, 1953)
Ruth White Galleries, New York, New York (March 5th - 30th, 1957)
Willard Gallery, New York, New York, (May 1957)
Emmerich Gallery, New York, New York (Dec. 1957)
Haggin Galleries, Stockton, California (1959)
Ruth White Galleries, New York, New York (April 26th - May 14th, 1960, abstract landscapes)

Other known shows (without confirmed dates):
Salon d'Automne, Paris, France
Brooklyn Museum
Arts Club, Washington D.C.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Biography from Belle Maison LLC:

An abstract expressionist painter of the New York School, she studied in Paris, France and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1946.

From the archives of the Ruth White Gallery, obtained through Linda Shankweiler, Design Director of The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon.  The archives includes the following biography of the American Artist Mildred Crooks (1899-1972) when she was doing a Solo Exhibition on March 5 - March 30, 1957:

"Mildred Crooks was born in Chicago, Illinois. She has lived in Paris for many years, and is now residing and painting in New York. She studied at the Chicago Art Institute and in Paris, but is mostly self-taught. Three one-man shows were held in Paris and New York.

Mildred Crooks has exhibited in many group shows in New York and Paris, including the Brooklyn Museum, Salon des Tuileries, Salon d'Automne, by invitation to the Arts Club Washington D.C. where she showed 40 water color drawings, and Henry Gallery, University of Washington; also invited by Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts."

She illustrated for the following magazines: Harpers Bazaar, Town and Country, Mademoiselle, Seventeen, To-Days Woman, Stage and others. Paintings and drawings in private collections.

Miss Crooks had solo shows at the Ruth White Gallery in 1957 and 1960 and was included in a group exhibition at the Pioneer Museum and Haggin Galleries, Stockton, California in 1959. Her work is in the Tel-Aviv Museum.

Biography from Richard Norton Gallery:

According to the Social Security Index, Mildred Crooks died in 1972.

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