A powerful reclining female nude rendered in graphite on cream colored paper with a sure hand. A deceptively simple image, this piece delivers a big impact with an economy of line.
A child prodigy at only nine years old, Andree Ruellan (1905 - 2006) was invited to exhibit her works alongside those of Robert Henri and George Bellows. Six years later at fifteen, she received a scholarship to the Art Students League. A short two years after that, the seventeen year old Ruellan traveled to Rome with her mother where she attended art school on another scholarship. Headed home the following year 1923, Ruellan and her mother stopped to visit Paris and stayed for seven years - I can only imagine the allure of Paris in the ’20’s, it must have been very exciting for a young woman of such talent. During her time in Paris, Ruellan met and married another American artist, John Taylor, and they returned home to the States in 1930, settling in the rural town of Shady, New York a mere few miles from Woodstock where there was a thriving artist’s colony.
Woodstock was a stimulating artistic environment where the young couple made a courageous pact to support themselves with their art. Ruellan sold drawings through the Weyhe Gallery in New York and during the ’30’s and ’40’s the couple made a series of journeys to Savannah and Charleston in the American south where she accomplished some of her best known work. During this time Ruellan was stylistically part of the American Scene movement, drawing on common everyday activities for her subjects, but she had a long (Ruellan lived to be 101!) and active career which allowed her to explore many styles although she always returned to realism.
Ruellan was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 1950. She is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Philips Collection among others, and has exhibited at the Whitney Museum, the Carnegie Museum Institute and many other museums and galleries. Ruellan and Taylor were active in the Woodstock Artist’s Colony for many decades.
CONDITION is excellent. This piece is framed under plexiglas and ready to hang with a new black dust cover. Measures 20” x 15” overall with a sight size inside the mat of 13 ⅛” x 8 ⅛” - Weighs 4 lbs. 5.5 oz. as framed.
A lovely piece of art by one of the 20th C greats. Enjoy!
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