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 Ralph Humphreys Stimson  (1898 - 1986)

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Lived/Active: Virginia/Ohio      Known for: sculpture, painting, printmaking

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Ralph Humphreys Stimson was born in Columbus, OH on 28 November 1898 in a family of German ancestry. He studied Political Science and Government along with Fine Art at Ohio State University graduating with a BA degree in 1921. He then went on to graduate studies at Harvard (1922-23) and the University of Illinois (1926-29) from which he earned a doctorate degree in Political Science.

With the advent of the Great Depression and jobs in short supply, Stimson turned more toward the arts. From 1930 to 1937, he studied art and exhibited extensively at the Columbus Art League, the Cincinnati Art Club, and the Dayton Art Institute.
In 1937, with improving economic conditions, Stimson was hired into the civil service at the Department of State where he remained until retirement in 1977. During his tenure at the State Department Stimson continued to study art and exhibit works. He was awarded a scholarship at the Corcoran School of Art and studied there from 1937 to 1945. During this time he frequently exhibited at the Corcoran and at State Department sponsored shows.

Stimson was primarily a sculptor, but also worked in oil, watercolor, pastel, and experimented with printmaking (etching and lithography). His style is distinctly modernist but ranges from realism to the abstract.

In retirement, Stimson was afflicted with blindness in one eye, but continued to work at his art concentraing mostly on scuplture. Although his most memorable works date from the 1930s, he continued to exhibit and sell his works well into the 1970s. Ralph Stimson died on 8 July 1986 in his Falls Church, VA home.


Written and submitted June 2005 by A. Rex Rivolo, PhD, Fine-Art Professional


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