Media Oils, lithographs
Artistic Focus Ruth
Armer’s work went through various stages, reflecting the phases of her
own life. Her early paintings were representational. Later, her style
became broader and more expressionistic, and then moved more toward abstraction
in the 1950s. By the 1960s her paintings had taken on a hard-edge style.
• Born in San Francisco in 1896, Ruth Armer studied
at the California School of Fine Arts.
• Armer also studied in New York City at the Art Students League and
at the School of Fine and Applied Art under George Bellows, Robert Henri,
Kenneth Hayes Miller, and John Sloan.
• Armer's first one-woman exhibition was in 1922 at Vickery, Atkins & Torrey
in San Francisco.
• During the next 50 years, Ruth Armer's work was exhibited in numerous
group shows in San Francisco, as well as solo exhibitions at the Oakland
Art Gallery in 1932; the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1936, 1939, and
1950; Gump's in 1967; and Quay Gallery in 1971-72.
• Outside of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ruth Armer’s paintings were
included in exhibitions in New York City including the seminal American
Painting Today 1950 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Art:
USA: 58 at Madison Square Garden. Her art also was exhibited in Brazil at
the Museu de Arte Moderna’s III
Bienal in Sao Paulo in 1955.
• Ruth Armer was a trustee of the California School of Fine Arts from
the early 1940s until the early 1950s, and she remembered the school
generously in her will.
• A lifelong resident of San Francisco, Armer passed away in 1977.
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