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Ralph Mosher Pearson
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Birth: May 27, 1883
Boone County
Iowa, USA
Death: Apr., 1958
South Nyack
Rockland County
New York, USA

From the New York Times, May 1, 1958:

Early Disciple of Modern Movement Dies - Owner of Design Workshop

Special to The New York Times.

Ralph M. Pearson, a disciple and proclaimer of the modern movement in art, was found dead today at his home, 288 Piermont Avenue, in South Nyack. His age was 74. He had lived alone since the death of his wife in March, and apparently died in his sleep some time last week-end.

After experiencing a kind of conversion in 1913, Mr. Pearson devoted his life about equally to etching, to writing and teaching and to crying out for room for the spacious soul and liberated brush of the modern artist.

Like most young artists at the turn of the century, he had inherited what he called 'this standard of skilled copying.' Literalism and naturalism dominated the classroom, and the young artist was at peace with the world, if not with himself.

Then, in 1913, at the New York Armory, the American public was invited to see for the first time a large-scale exhibition of the work of the modern movement. Mr. Pearson came all the way from Chicago for what was to prove to be for him a change of direction and an enlargement of vision.

Hailed and Vilified

The show was hailed and vilified in passionate public discourse. Mr. Pearson's first reaction was of resistance to the new and strange. But he sensed a certain virility that he knew was lacking in his own conception and he 'hungered to find out what it was I was damning.'

The hunger led him again to New York where, in 1914, he found 'the first school of modern art in this country, taught by Hugo Robus,' and where he was to 'inaugurate a painful unlearning and relearning process of some eight years' duration which was a cheap enough price to pay for a basic reorientation.'

Years later, Mr. Pearson gave large credit to the Armory Show for having set him and others free from the straitjacket of convention. 'We learned exuberance,' he said.

Surviving are a son, Ronald Pearson of Rochester; two daughters, Mrs. Lorna Bell Watson and Mrs. Paula Scott (daughter of Ralph and his first wife, Margaret Hale), and a sister, Mrs. Ruth Koshuk."

Family links: 
  Arthur T. Pearson (1849 - 1936)
  Kate Mosher Pearson (1852 - 1924)
  Margaret Hale Foster (1891 - 1962)
  Louise Alicia Hayes Pearson (1889 - 1958)
  Paula Hale Pearson Scott (1919 - 2007)*
  Marion Hale Pearson (1922 - 1922)*
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: according to family member
Created by: Kathleen Clemence
Record added: Sep 06, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96633543


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