11 3/16 x 9 3/8 inches
Rolph Scarlett b.1889 Guelph Ontario d.1984 New York painter of geometric abstraction during the American avant-garde movement of the 1930s and 1940s.
He left Canada at the age of 18 for New York City. By 1924 he settled permanently in New York City. He initially designed stage scenery for George Bernard Shaw's play, "Man and Superman" and for the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall while painting geometric abstraction.
In 1939 The Museum of Non-Objective Painting (later the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum)director Hilla Rebay took an interest in Scarlett's work. By 1940 he had become the new museum's chief lecturer.
By 1953, the Guggenheim owned nearly sixty of his paintings and monoprints. In his last twenty-five years he was resident and showed at the Woodstock Art Colony. This fine painting c'1940's is signed R.S.lower right. Provenance, estate of the artist.