"Marvin Cone did not fit the popular conception of an artist; neither did he share a sense of mission about regionalism. He was highly respected by his contemporaries, but he never achieved great fame in the art world. Yet as conventional as his life may seem, his work shows him to have been a passionate artist who possessed a rare sensitivity to his environment. It is clear from this beautifully illustrated survey that Cone was an exquisite craftsman and an important artist in the long tradition of American landscape painting."
Cone (1891-1965) was a regionalist in the tradition of Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton.