Ruth Armer (1896-1977)

Ruth Armer (1896-1977)
Untitled Abstract, Circa 1960
Oil on canvas, 32" x 40"
Ruth Armer (1896-1977)
"Abstraction #250, Circa 1950"
Oil on canvas, 24"x20"
Ruth Armer (1896-1977)
Oil on canvas, 36"x42"
Depicted: Sandler, Irving. "Women of Abstract Expressionism"
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Ruth Armer was born in San Francisco and spent most of her career in that city.  She attended the California School of Fine Arts, 1914-1915, 1918-1919 and also studied in New York at the Art Students League with George Bellows, Robert Henri, and John Sloan.  Ruth Armer taught at the California School of Fine Arts from 1933 to 1940.

Before WWII she painted in a broad, expressionistic and nonrepresentational style.  During the 1950’s her work became more abstract and then during the 1960’s and early 1970’s more hard-edge.



2016  Sandler, Irving.  Women of Abstract Expressionism

2005  Davenport, Ray.  Davenport's Art Reference: The Gold Edition

2005  Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson (Editor).  The Artists Bluebook 34,000 North American Artists

2004  Landauer, Susan.  San Francisco and Second Wave: The Blair Collection of Bay Area Abstract Expressionism

2002  Hughes, Edan Milton.  Artists in California: 1786-1940

1999  Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor).  Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975, 3 volumes

1998  Kovinick, Phil; Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick.  An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West

1996  Landauer, Susan.  The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism

1995  Trenton, Patricia (Editor); Sandra E'Emilio, Erika Doss (et al).  Independent Spirits: Women Painters of the American West 1890-1945

1989  Moore, Sylvia (editor).  Yesterday and Tomorrow: California Women Artists

1989  Hughes, Edan Milton.  Artists in California, 1786-1940

1985  DuPont, Diana, K Holland.  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  Paintings and Sculpture Collection

1985  Petteys, Chris.  Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Before 1900

1985  Dawdy, Doris.  Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary (3 volumes)

1985  Falk, Peter Hastings.  Who Was Who in American Art: Artists Active Between 1898-1947

1985  Albright, Thomas.  Art in the San Francisco Bay Area 1945-1980: An Illustrated History

1976  San Francisco Museum Modern Art.  Painting & Sculpture in California, The Modern Era

1975  Smithsonian (Editor).  Smithsonian Archives of American Art: Checklist of the Collection

1958  Art Bank of the San Francisco Art Association (SFAA).  Painting and Sculpture (in)

1956  Pousette-Dart, Nathaniel (Editor).  American Painting Today

1956  Long Beach Municipal Art Center.  California Painting - 40 Painters1935  Mallett, Daniel Trowbridge.  Index of Artists: International-Biographical, Two Volumes: Includes 1940


Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA), San Francisco, California

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California

Exhibitions (Partial known)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York

1975  Quay Gallery.  San Francisco, California
1972  Quay Gallery.  San Francisco, California
1939  San Francisco Museum of Art.  San Francisco, California
1936  San Francisco Museum of Art.  San Francisco, California
1922  Vickery, Atkins & Torrey Art Gallery.  San Francisco, California
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio


David Carlson, Carlson Gallery, California
Edan Hughes, “Artists in California 1786-1940”
Thomas Albright, “Art in the San Francisco Bay Area 1945-1980”

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