Thursday, October 11, 2012

1930s America's Great Depression - The Man's World of Robert Riggs 1896-1970

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Robert Riggs (American artist, 1896–1970) Boxers


Known for his paintings of sports & prize-fighting scenes, Robert Riggs had a successful career as an illustrator & artist, especially in the 1930s & 40s. His painting, The Brown Bomber, showed the boxing victory of Joe Louis over Max Schmeling. This is one of the paintings that earned Riggs election to the National Academy of Design in 1946


Robert Riggs (American artist, 1896–1970) Chemical Plant, Michigan


He was born in Decatur, Illinois & as a young man ran away from home to join the circus. He studied at the James Milliken University in Illinois, and then trained at the Art Students League in New York; but his study was interrupted by Army service in World War I.


1938 Robert Riggs (American artist, 1896–1970) The Brown Bomber


After the war ended, he stayed overseas & attended the Academie Julian in Paris. When he returned to the United States, he settled in Philadelphia & worked for N.W. Ayer & Sons, an advertising agency for whom he did numerous illustrations.


Robert Riggs (American artist, 1896–1970) Chemical Plant, Michigan


He painted circus scenes remembered from his youth & history paintings from early America. He also painted fanciful exotic scenes. In Pennsylvania, he was active in the Germantown Boys Club, where he worked with an Indian lore group. He was a collector of European, Asian, and African artifacts, and his art studio was like a museum.


Robert Riggs (American artist, 1896–1970) Farmer on the Tractor


Robert Riggs (American artist, 1896–1970) Catcher on the Line


Robert Riggs (American artist, 1896–1970) Filling the Biggest Lumber Order Ever


Robert Riggs (American artist, 1896–1970) Slopping the Pigs


Robert Riggs (American artist, 1896–1970) The Wrestler


Robert Riggs (American artist, 1896–1970) The Impossible Play

Robert Riggs (American artist, 1896–1970) The Gun Shop


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