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Modernist Still LIfe

Documentation Signed
Origin United States
Period 1920-1949
Materials Oil on paper laid to board
Dimensions
W. 13.25 in; H. 16.5 in;
W. 33.66 cm; H. 41.91 cm;
Condition Excellent. Beautifully framed
Creation Date c. 1920
Description Rolph Scarlett’s career and artistic philosophy were closely linked with the early history of the Guggenheim Museum. On a trip to Europe, he was introduced to the work of Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky, both of whom exerted a strong influence on his work. He returned to settle in New York in 1936 where he heard of the collection of art being formed by Solomon and Irene Guggenheim under the direction of German-born curator Hilla Rebay. The collection, which included numerous works from Kandinsky, Klee and Scarlett, was established in 1939 as “The Art of Tomorrow, the Museum of Non-objective Painting” and is known today as the Guggenheim Museum.

Scarlett attended Rebay’s lectures and soon developed his own non-objective geometric style. Rebay acquired numerous examples of Scarlett’s work for the Guggenheim and Scarlett was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1938. Today, Scarlett’s work is in numerous museums, including MOMA, Whitney and the Smithsonian.

Best known for his geometrics, Scarlett was a protean talent and an early modernist master on a par with Hartley, Marin or Stella. His ouevre encompasses superb biomorphics, abstract expressionist paintings, drip works, surrealism, and other forms of abstraction.
Styles / Movements Modernism
Incollect Reference Number 262934
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