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Fine Art, Animal, Raccoon, Andree Ruellan, Drawing, 20th Century


Andrée Ruellan (b. 1905)
American: 20th Century
Signed in pencil lower right
Pen and ink on rice paper
12 x 18 inches overall
Provenance: Kraushaar, 724 Fifth Avenue, New York City (with their label)

Drawing of a raccoon in a loose sketch style with a few generalized indications of grass and plants to ground it within the composition. The artist emphasizes the feathery quality of ink on rice paper. Andrée Ruellan is an American painter, born in New York City to French emigre parents. Considered a prodigy, she studied at the Art Students League in her mid teens with Maurice Sterne and Robert Henri, followed by studies in Rome with Sterne. Settling in Paris in 1923, she became part of a cultured circle including Gertrude Stein, Man Ray and Isamu Noguchi. Upon returning to New York in 1928, she had her first one-person show. She married the painter John Taylor, and together they made frequent trips to the American South, which provided subject matter for her genre paintings and street scenes. She also participated in the WPA and painted a mural for the Lawrenceville, Georgia, post office. After World War II, her style became more abstract, though she never abandoned representation.

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During her distinguished career she exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Art Institute of Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery and others. She was a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 1950-51. Ruellan’s works are in the collections of the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Phillips Gallery in Washington, and the Whitney Museum. In the spring of 2005, the Georgia Museum of Art, the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah and the Columbus Museum of Art (Georgia) organized the traveling retrospective exhibition Andrée Ruellan’s 100th Birthday. As of May 2005, the artist resided in Woodstock, New York.

Condition: Generally very good with a faint line of mat toning, corners slightly crimped, all can be rematted out.


Hollister, Dean, Amy I. Furman, Mary Bruccoli and Tamara Adams, eds. Who’s Who in American Art. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1989. p. 914.

Ladis, Andrew. “Andrée Ruellan, Ever Young.” Georgia Museum of Art. 2005. Online at Traditional Fine Arts Organization. (16 August 2005).

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20th Century