Rolph Scarlett, Untitled, ca. 1950 (Geometric Abstraction)
Untitled, ca. 1950
Gouache on paper painting
Hand signed recto
Provenance: Sold by the artist's gallery as part of a charity fundraiser
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This is a stunning original, signed vintage 1950s Rolph Scarlett gouache on paper. Classic mid-century modern geometric abstraction.
Sheet: 11 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches
Frame: 18 x 16 inches
Rolph Scarlett (1889–D. 1984) was a Non-Objective modernist artist known for his abstracted paintings of geometric forms and design. Always experimenting during his career, Scarlett employed a wide ranging color palette and visually graphic elements in much of his work. His work has included elements of Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, Geometric Abstraction, and Non-Objective painting, but it also absorbed various other styles seamlessly into his work. Scarlett briefly studied at the Art Students League in 1908 and 1909, working with such fellow artists as John Sloan, George Luks, and William Merritt Chase. In the late forties, Scarlett became involved with Hilla Rebay (who often described Scarlett as her greatest discovery) and led to what is known as his Guggenheim period, with the institution eventually collecting much of his work.