The artist Ralph Coburn couldn’t get into the military during World War II — he was told there was something wrong with his eyesight. His eyes and brain tended to resolve the world into geometric arrangements.
Coburn was an avid outlier in the Boston art world. He studied architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; he socialized with students from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts — many of whom formed the Boston Expressionism movement. But Coburn was no expressionist. He was captivated by structure, design, and lean abstraction. Mondrian captured his imagination.
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He left his studies to become an artist,