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Artist Biography

 Ault was a native of Cleveland Ohio, but in 1899 moved to England with his family where he began his artistic studies with full force. At first his father acquainted him with the Old Masters in London and Paris. Then his formal training began in London at the University College School, the Slade School, and finally at St. John's Wood School of Art, where his first paintings were publicly exhibited. In 1911, at the age of twenty, he moved back to the United States and began his painting career, depicting the urban landscape of New York.

George Ault's urban and industrial scenes are commonly associated with those produced by the Precisionist painters from the 1920's through the 1940's. Like Ralston Crawford and Charles Sheeler, Ault focused on the abstract geometry of city buildings and factories, reducing their forms to basic shapes defined by sharp-edged areas of flat color. Ault, like many of the artists were called the "Immaculates," known for the artistic grace, precision, and clean lines of industrial paintings.

The reductive style of Precisionism was a direct outgrowth of European vanguard art movements - primarily French Cubism. Precisionism focused on machine technology and was formed by both Italian Futurism and by the burgeoning industrial landscape of the new American city. But Precisionists also looked back to the simplified forms of American primitivism, which provided inspiration for an indigenous art form.

George Ault also greatly admired the work of Italian Surrealist painter Giorgio de Chirico, and the American Romantic paintings of Albert Pinkham Ryder. Ault identified with their visionary tendencies, and consequently in the 1940's, Ault combined the elements of both these artistic movements to develop his own unique style. Unfortunately, Ault's life was cut short when he drowned during a flood in Woodstock, New York 1949.

Ault exhibited extensively in renowned institutions such as the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the Society of Independent Artists, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Ault's works are housed in many prestigious private collections and institutions throughout the United States including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.