Untitled, Geometric Abstraction with Circles

Rolph Scarlett
circa 1940

Rolph Scarlett (1889-1984), Untitled (Geometric Abstraction with Circles), gouache and pencil on buff wove paper, c. 1940. Signed in pencil, lower left. Image size 9 1/2 x 10 7/8 inches (241 x 267 mm); sheet size 12 x 13 1/4 inches (305 x 337 mm). A fine mid-century modernist, geometric abstraction, with clean, fresh colors, on buff, wove drawing paper; the full sheet with margins all around (1 3/16 inch). Slight skinning on the top sheet edge verso (not affecting the recto and well away from the image), otherwise in very good condition.

Painter, designer, and printmaker, Rolph Scarlett is well known for his important contributions to the development of 20th-century American abstract art. In the mid-1930s, he met Hilla Rebay, director of the Museum of Non-objective Art (later the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum) in New York. He became her close associate and advisor in organizing and running the museum. An advocate of the modernist genres then taking hold in America, Rebay appointed him Chief Lecturer at the museum (1939 -1946).

Scarlett's work was exhibited widely during his career and is represented in the collections of major museums throughout the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Art Museums, Whitney Museum of American Art.

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9 1/2 x 10 7/8 inches