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Ray H French


Thomas French Fine Art is pleased to offer exclusive access to artwork by Ray H. French (1919-2000) including engravings, etchings, embossings, and graphic constructions.


Originally a student of the John Herron School of Art, French received his masters degree in 1948 from the University of Iowa where he excelled under the mentorship of celebrated printmaker Mauricio Lasansky . After becoming a professor of art at DePauw University in 1948, he continued his education at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy and the Hobart School of Welding Technology in the 1960s.


Since 1944, French exhibited in many national and international exhibitions including 86 one-man exhibitions in the United States and Italy.  Over his lifetime, he also received many grants and honors including over 58 prizes and purchase awards. Specifically, French was awarded an Eli Lily Grant for an extensive tour in Europe in 1961 and received a Ford Foundation Grant in 1969 to develop a new medium in printmaking known as graphic construction. Today, French's work is in over 500 collections including: The Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Biliotheque Nationale, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the New York Pubilc Library, the Boston Pubilc Library, and the Midwest Museum of American Art. 


Please check back periodically as we update this website with more works by Ray H. French in anticipation of our online exhibition of his work in May.

For more information about Ray H. French, visit the artist's page.