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Ida Rittenberg Kohlmeyer (American, 1912–1997)
LOT ID: 78846
Untitled, ie. circa 1994

Oil, on canvas
24 х 57 in. (60.96 x 144.78 cm.)
Signed, and dated, lower right
Lot description
“Untitled," created between 1990 and 1994, is an example of the colorful, exuberant paintings characteristic of the most creative and original period of Ida Rittenberg Kolhmeyer’s career. Reflecting the influences of both Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism, the artist’s unique style relies on her strong understanding of line and color. With its own language of free form and geometric shapes, this work captures the energy and intensity of the artist's hometown, New Orleans.

Known as one of the most distinguished abstract painters of the South, Ida Rittenberg Kolhmeyer (1912-1997) began her artistic career late in life. Born in New Orleans to Polish immigrants, Kolhmeyer studied English Literature at Tulane University, where she received her BA in 1933. Her interest in painting did not manifest until 1947, when she began attending the McCrady Art School. She later earned her MFA from Tulane’s Newcomb College in 1956. After graduating, she traveled to Massachusetts to take classes with Hans Hoffmann, where she became highly influenced by Abstract Expressionism. In 1973, she became an associate professor of art at the University of New Orleans. She received the Annual Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts from the National Women’s Caucus for Art in 1980, and became an honorary lifetime member of the organization in 1982. Her work was the subject of solo exhibitions at Ruth White Gallery, New York, NY (1959); David Findlay Galleries, New York, NY (1976); High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA (1972); and the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA (1957, 1974, 1985, and 1997).
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