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 Elsie B. (Gatch) Driggs  (1898 - 1992)

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Lived/Active: New York/Connecticut      Known for: precisionist urban landscape and dance figure painting

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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 Greek."  And, in fact, the critics called her series of approximately seven paintings in this mode "a new classicism".

Driggs painted the Queensborough Bridge (1927) and several other works in a precisionist mode, but starting in the thirties, she turned away from this style.

Her work has been shown, among other places, at the Daniel Gallery (1924 1932), and at the Rehn Gallery.  For residency in the Yaddo Colony*, she received a Yaddo Foundation fellowship in 1935 and executed murals for the Federal Art Project* in the 1930s.  She was the widow of artist Lee Gatch.

Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein, American Women Artists

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