Thursday, July 16, 2020
"Surreal Mist" Painting By Rolph Scarlett
"Surreal Mist" Gouache on Paper
By Rolph Scarlett
Gouache on paper.
Signed "Scarlett" to lower left corner.
Framed under glass in gold frame:
Framed dimensions: H: 16 3/8 W: 19”
Sight dimensions: H: 10 3/4" W: 13 7/8"
Rolph Scarlett (Canada, 1889 - 1984) was a jeweler, artist, and acclaimed Hollywood set designer whose career spanned 75 years. There are currently over 800 of his designs on exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. His greatest works included sculptured jewelry, geometric paintings, and his modern industrialist stage designs of the 1920s.
In 1928 he moved to Hollywood, California where he became a very successful stage and set designer. In the mid-1930s he met the director of the Museum of Non-objective Art in New York ( Hilla Rebay). He became her close associate and advisor in organizing and running the museum. He was Chief lecturer at the museum (1939 -1946) teaching the new modernism and abstraction to the new generation of artists in the New York art community. Hilla Rebay would introduce him as “Rolph Scarlett, my great find”. So considerable was her enthusiasm for Scarlett, that she and Solomon Guggenheim bought over sixty of his paintings and monotypes for the museum. After Kandinsky and Bauer, there was more of Scarlett’s work in the collection than any other artists. He participated in many of the museum exhibitions and galleries and was regularly exhibiting his work in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Art Museum, the Art Institute in Chicago, the Modern Age Gallery in N.Y., the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.
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