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Rolph Scarlett (American, 1891–1984)
LOT ID: 71496
Abstract Composition, ie. circa 1960

Watercolor, Gouache, Ink, on paper
18.75 х 23 in. (47.62 x 58.42 cm.)
Signed, in watercolor, lower right recto. Ex-collection Jo Aarons Gallery, Rhinebeck, with the label on the frame back.
Lot description
Gouache and watercolor on buff wove paper, circa 1960. Signed in watercolor, lower right recto. This work comes framed.

Hand signed lower right in watercolor by the artist. This work was acquired from the estate of collector philanthropist Jonas Aarons, who ran an eponymous art gallery in Rhinebeck, New York, for many years prior to his passing. It bears the gallery label on the frame back.

Rolph Scarlett (B. 1889, Guelph, Canada – D. 1984, Kingston, New York) 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. His interest in Non-Objective art began with a meeting with Paul Klee, who encouraged Scarlett to pursue abstraction. 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.

Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Montréal, Ontario, Canada
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock, NY

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