Josephine Crawford

An Artist’s Vision

by Louise C. Hoffman

The Historic New Orleans Collection 2009
hardcover • 8" × 9½" • 176 pp.
97 color images, 53 b/w images
ISBN 978-0-917860-53-9

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Louise C. Hoffman traces the career of Josephine Marien Crawford (1878–1952) from the academy of French master André Lhote to galleries in New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, and Central America. Crawford was inspired by cubism and the flattened forms and minimalist approach of modernism. As contemporary Times-Picayune arts critic Alberta Collier described her work, “this is old New Orleans, caught by the keen eye and trained brush of one of her native daughters.” Hoffman provides a glimpse of Crawford’s personality and skillfully recreates the Paris and New Orleans art worlds of the first half of the twentieth century.