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Gertrude Greene

American, 1904–1956

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Gertrude Greene

American, 1904–1956

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Among the first abstract artists to make sculptures, Gertrude Greene was a largely self-taught painter and sculptor and a seminal figure in the American avant-garde. While living in Paris from 1931-32, Greene was influenced by such avant-garde European and Russian artistic movements as Constructivism, Surrealism, and Cubism. In her own work, she combined geometric shapes and biomorphic forms and alternated between hard-edged finishes and expressive, sketchy brushstrokes. Towards the end of her life, Greene used her palette knife to create richly textured paintings that would garner her critical acclaim.

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Biography

Among the first abstract artists to make sculptures, Gertrude Greene was a largely self-taught painter and sculptor and a seminal figure in the American avant-garde. While living in Paris from 1931-32, Greene was influenced by such avant-garde European and Russian artistic movements as Constructivism, Surrealism, and Cubism. In her own work, she combined geometric shapes and biomorphic forms and alternated between hard-edged finishes and expressive, sketchy brushstrokes. Towards the end of her life, Greene used her palette knife to create richly textured paintings that would garner her critical acclaim.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial