Rolph Scarlett, ‘Abstract Expressionist Painting  ’, ca. 1960, Alpha 137 Gallery
Rolph Scarlett, ‘Abstract Expressionist Painting  ’, ca. 1960, Alpha 137 Gallery

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 (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.
Overall Size: 18.75 x 23 in. (47.62 x 58.42 cm.)
Framed Size: 26.75 x 32 in. (67.94 x 81.28 cm.

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Signature: Signed lower right, verso of frame bears Jonas Aarons Gallery label

Jonas Aarons Gallery, Rhinebeck, New York

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