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Savannah Landscape, The City Market, circa 1943
Andree Ruellan (1905-2006)

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Oil on canvas
26 x 40 inches
Signature Details: Andree Ruellan
Status: The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Born in New York City of French parents, Andrée Ruellan was tutored in art from the age of eight. She began professional art training at the Art Students League in 1922 with Maurice Sterne, and continued her training in Rome with him the following year. With her mother, Lucette, Ruellan lived in Paris from 1923 to 1930, where she associated with other international artists, including Jules Pascin. In 1929, she met and married her husband, Jack Taylor, an American artist, and the couple settled at Taylor’s farm house in Shady, New York. She continued to develop her modern, realist aesthetic in paintings of figures, landscapes, and street scenes in New York, and was active at the nearby Woodstock art colony. Ruellan and Taylor traveled to Charleston in 1936, when she drew urban and genre scenes that she subsequently explored in studio paintings and prints. They returned south to Savannah in 1941, and spent time working with Alexander Brook in his studio overlooking the river. Ruellan produced several paintings from sketches made during this period, including Savannah Landscape, The City Market, which was exhibited at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh in 1943 and the Whitney Museum Annual from 1943 to 1944 in New York. Roberta Sokolitz


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