The art of Ralston Crawford underwent dramatic evolution in the 1940s under the influence of aviation - from his personal experience in flight to his impact on the design of aircraft and the destruction that they carried in the war.
Crawford served in the Air Force and continued to work as an artist throughout the war, receiving a commission to paint the Curtis-Wright Buffalo Aviation Plant and commissioning to observe and record atomic bomb tests on Bikini Atoll.
These events had a profound impact on Crawford and became an important turning point in his life and art. Exhibition "Ralston Crawford. Air, space, war"gives an idea of the role that aviation played in the shift that occurred in the" nature of construction "of Crawford's art.