Andree Ruellan Coastal Lighthouse Fine Original Hand Signed Watercolor Painting c. 1950 Framed


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Coastal Lighthouse by Andree Ruellan is an original watercolor painting hand signed by the artist and created about 1950. It is a lovely, tranquil water scene with a small lighthouse and fishing boat on the still water.

Title: Coastal Lighthouse (Untitled)
Artist: Andree Ruellan - (1905-2006) - American Artist
Technique: Original Watercolor
Signature: Signed by hand in the lower right corner by the artist.
Date Painted: c. 1950
Dimensions: Image size - 10-3/4 x 14-3/4 inches, Frame size - 15-1/2 x 19-1/2 inches.
Condition: Excellent Condition with bright colors and no damage. It is without age toning, foxing, tears, and creases. This painting has been examined out of the fame. The solid stained oak wood frame is also in Excellent Condition.
Provenance: From a New England collection
Presentation: Professionally framed under glass in a solid core archival ivory mat and vintage solid wood oak frame. Stainless steel hanging wire and dustcover on the back.
Description: Andree Ruellan was a prominent American artist. Born in Manhattan of French descent, she spent her youth there and in Paris and eventually made her home near the artist colony in Woodstock, New York. Her work is realist with modernist overtones and commonly depicts everyday scenes in American South and New York City. Her paintings, prints, watercolors, and drawings are known for their depiction ordinary people at work and play. They are held by many American museums and private collectors.

Coastal Lighthouse is a fine New England scene that has a light, bright spontaneous quality. It has a skillful use of light and shadow and the mixing and overlaying of transparent colors to create depth and additional colors. Much of Ruellan's later works in her long career were abstract. This work likely comes from the middle period about 1950. It is a lovely painting that is well presented and very appealing.

Artist Biography (Obituary from the LA Times, Aug. 9, 2006.)
Andree Ruellan, 101, an American-born artist who began her career with a one-woman show in Paris at age 20 and last year celebrated her 100th birthday with a retrospective exhibition that traveled to several U.S. cities, died July 15 at a rest home in Kingston, N.Y.
She died of natural causes, according to friend Donald Keyes.

Inspired by the realistic style of artist Robert Henri and other members of the American Ashcan school in the early 1900s, Ruellan became best known for paintings of everyday life and for her impressionist brushwork. During several trips to the Southeast starting in the Depression era, she painted ordinary people in everyday scenes: dice game players, dockworkers, Mardi Gras revelers. For one series of paintings, she depicted the daily lives of performers in a small circus.
Born in New York City, the daughter of French immigrant parents, Ruellan began studying art as a teenager in 1920 at the Art Students League in her hometown. After several years, she moved to Paris with her mother and continued to study and paint.

When Ruellan returned to the U.S. in 1928, she exhibited her paintings and drawings in New York City galleries and was later included in leading museum exhibitions around the country. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, among other museums.
Her last major exhibition, "Andree Ruellan's 100th Birthday," opened at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens in March 2005.

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