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Rolph Scarlett (American, 1889 - 1984)

Abstraction

Abstraction

c. 1934
oil on canvas
52 x 39 in.

Purchased with funds from the Morton R. Hirschberg Bequest and gifts from Diane DeMell Jacobsen, Ph.D. in loving memory of her husband Thomas H. Jacobsen and James and Diane Burke in memory of Thomas H. Jacobsen, AP.2005.1.1

A native of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Scarlett was an industrial and theatrical designer, jeweler, and artist who turned to abstraction after meeting the Swiss artist Paul Klee in 1919. His work gained the attention of Hilla Rebay and Solomon Guggenheim, who were organizing the Museum of Non-Objective Painting (now the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum). Scarlett was well represented in the organization’s collection and exhibitions, and became the institution’s chief lecturer in the 1940s. His work has come to define American Abstraction in the middle decades of the twentieth century.

Visitor's Comments:

"It's fun to imagine what the shapes are." - Celeste, age 8

" 'Abstraction' is my personal favorite because it bursts with colors and is an imagination creator." - Dory

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Permanent Art Life Span: 
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Rolph
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Scarlett
Permanent Image: 
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1934
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20th and 21st Century European and American Art
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A native of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Scarlett was an industrial and theatrical designer, jeweler, and artist who turned to abstraction after meeting the Swiss artist Paul Klee in 1919. His work gained the attention of Hilla Rebay and Solomon Guggenheim, who were organizing the Museum of Non-Objective Painting (now the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum). Scarlett was well represented in the organization’s collection and exhibitions, and became the institution’s chief lecturer in the 1940s. His work has come to define American Abstraction in the middle decades of the twentieth century.

Permanent Gift: 
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" 'Abstraction' is my personal favorite because it bursts with colors and is an imagination creator." <strong>- Dory</strong>
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A native of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Scarlett was an industrial and theatrical designer, jeweler, and artist who turned to abstraction after meeting the Swiss artist Paul Klee in 1919. His work gained the attention of Hilla Rebay and Solomon Guggenheim, who were organizing the Museum of Non-Objective Painting (now the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum). Scarlett was well represented in the organization’s collection and exhibitions, and became the institution’s chief lecturer in the 1940s. His work has come to define American Abstraction in the middle decades of the twentieth century.

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Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds from the Morton R. Hirschberg Bequest and gifts from Diane DeMell Jacobsen, Ph.D. in loving memory of her husband Thomas H. Jacobsen and James and Diane Burke in memory of Thomas H. Jacobsen
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Permanent Quote: 
"It's fun to imagine what the shapes are." <strong>- Celeste, age 8</strong>
" 'Abstraction' is my personal favorite because it bursts with colors and is an imagination creator." <strong>- Dory</strong>
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Permanent Art Location: 
American
Permanent Art Life Span: 
1889 - 1984
Catalog Number: 
AP.2005.1.1
Permanent Artist First Name: 
Rolph
Permanent Artist Last Name: 
Scarlett
Permanent Image: 
Add "c."?: 
Yes
Permanent Year: 
1934
Permanent Period: 
20th and 21st Century European and American Art
Permanent Material: 
oil on canvas<br />52 x 39 in.

A native of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Scarlett was an industrial and theatrical designer, jeweler, and artist who turned to abstraction after meeting the Swiss artist Paul Klee in 1919. His work gained the attention of Hilla Rebay and Solomon Guggenheim, who were organizing the Museum of Non-Objective Painting (now the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum). Scarlett was well represented in the organization’s collection and exhibitions, and became the institution’s chief lecturer in the 1940s. His work has come to define American Abstraction in the middle decades of the twentieth century.

Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds from the Morton R. Hirschberg Bequest and gifts from Diane DeMell Jacobsen, Ph.D. in loving memory of her husband Thomas H. Jacobsen and James and Diane Burke in memory of Thomas H. Jacobsen
Permanent Quote: 
"It's fun to imagine what the shapes are." <strong>- Celeste, age 8</strong>
" 'Abstraction' is my personal favorite because it bursts with colors and is an imagination creator." <strong>- Dory</strong>
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