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The Art of JAMA
April 12, 2016

Pueblo Series, AcomaRaymond Jonson

JAMA. 2016;315(14):1432-1433. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.14203

The rugged beauty and strength of lofty landforms appealed to Raymond Jonson (1891-1982), evoking in him an emotional recognition of phenomena in the natural world, feelings that he in turn sought to convey in his works. Elements in his surrounds that signified the orderly tempo of nature could also serve to symbolize more intangible sensibilities, such as his aspirations for a peaceable earth.

Jonson was born in the heartland of the United States in Iowa, but as a child he lived in several states as the family followed the father’s clergy postings, finally settling in Portland, Oregon. Jonson earned money by delivering newspapers and was attracted to drawings he saw within, leading to a career plan of becoming a commercial artist. Beginning around 1909 he received instruction at a newly established school at the Portland Art Museum (Garman E. The Art of Raymond Jonson: Painter. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press; 1976:xiii-199).

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