Previous LotNext lot

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.

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
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

  • Condition Report
  • History and Provenance
  • Shipping Information
  • Payment and Return Policies
Abstract Composition by Rolph Scarlett
  • Abstract Composition by Rolph Scarlett
  • Abstract Composition by Rolph Scarlett
  • Abstract Composition by Rolph Scarlett
  • Abstract Composition by Rolph Scarlett
  • Abstract Composition by Rolph Scarlett
Alternate Views: 1 of 1
Share |
Add Rolph Scarlett to My Artist Alert
Receive email alerts as soon as artists you follow are up for sale. Update your artist watch list any time.

Sales Results for Comparable Works

  • Rolph Scarlett

    Untitled, Biomorphic
    gouache on paper
    (H 8.5, W 11) in.
    (21.6 x 27.9) cm.
    Sold for: US$3,125
    Wednesday, May 09, 2012
    Doyle New York
    Lot 00172
  • Rolph Scarlett

    Untitled
    mixed media on paperboard
    (H 19.5, W 10) in.
    (49.5 x 25.4) cm.
    Sold for: US$13,200
    Thursday, April 26, 2012
    Shannon's
    Lot 00127
  • Rolph Scarlett

    Untitled
    watercolor and gouache
    (H 12, W 17) in.
    (30.5 x 43.2) cm.
    Sold for: US$6,765
    Thursday, April 26, 2012
    Shannon's
    Lot 00143
  • Rolph Scarlett

    Untitled
    watercolor and gouache
    (H 14.2, W 10.2) in.
    (36.2 x 26.0) cm.
    Sold for: US$2,300
    Sunday, March 04, 2012
    Treadway Toomey Galleries
    Lot 00661
  • Rolph Scarlett

    Nonobjective composition
    works on paper (drawings, watercolors etc.), graphite, gouache
    (H 8.8, W 6) in.
    (22.2 x 15.2) cm.
    Sold for: US$1,725
    Friday, November 11, 2011
    artnet Auctions
    Lot 57204
artnet Auctions—Buy and sell art 24/7 worldwide. ©2014 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. All rights reserved. artnet® is a registered
trademark of Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Call for Assistance: US +1-877-388-3256, EU +49 (0)30 20 91 78 50