Happy Birthday George Ault!! Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1891, George Ault studied in London, where he spent most of his childhood. He was a painter associated with the Precisionist group, although his work seems more toward Surrealism to me, and he definitely does not idolize the machine (as other Precisionists might). His work is primarily urban landscapes with a sense of foreboding, reminding me of de Chirico. He is known for his light effects and night scenes seem to be a theme, as well as the barn included here. His adult life was troubled with drinking and his death was a result, when he slipped and drowned in a swollen creek late one night after a drunken binge.