Ruth Todd Abstract Painting - Continuum (Triptych of 3 Abstract Expressionist Paintings)
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Ruth Todd
Continuum (Triptych of 3 Abstract Expressionist Paintings)

1961

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Original mid-century modern abstract expressionist painting by Denver modernist woman artist, Ruth Todd (1909-2006). Continuum is a triptych consisting of 3 panels painted with a mixed media of oil, wood, and linen collage on board in red, black, yellow and white. Presented in a custom frame, overall outer dimensions of the 3 panels measure 48 ½ x 96 ¾ x 1 inches. Image size is 48 x 96 inches. Individual panel sizes including frames: Left 48 ½ x 24 ¼ x 1 inches, Center 48 ½ x 48 ¼ x 1 inches, Right 48 ½ x 24 ¼ x 1 inches. Born Ruth Thomas to Judson Cornelius and Flora Thomas in Sanford, North Carolina, her first foray into art occurred as a youngster living on the rural Thomas estate. With few friends nearby, she occupied herself with drawing without a mentor’s guidance. "It was just there," she later recalled, "it was a natural thing." In the 1930s she relocated to New York where she worked as a fashion model to support her studies at the Art Students League. Her career was cut short when she was diagnosed with tuberculosis. She moved to Colorado Springs, then famous for its restorative success with the disease. In 1955 her career as an Abstract Expressionist blossomed after studying with Robert Motherwell in 1956 when he was a visiting artist teaching at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Two years later she had a solo show at the Morris Gallery in New York’s Greenwich Village, earning her a review notice in Art News. One of her prize scrapbook clippings was an art-magazine review from one of her New York shows right next to a review of famed abstract expressionist, Joan Mitchell, succinctly describing Todd: "An inquisitive, precise, energetic and bold Coloradoan rambles through alleys of tactile excitement." In 1962 she received a solo show at the prestigious Bodley Gallery in Manhattan, an upper East Side haven for new and modern art from the 1940s until closing in the 1980s during which time it exhibited Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Klee, Fernand Léger, René Magritte, Roberto Matta, Max Ernst, Larry Rivers, Yves Tanguy, and Andy Warhol. Todd also participated in group exhibitions at the New York City Center Gallery, LDM Sweat Memorial Galleries-Portland Museum of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Joslyn Art Museum, Museum of New Mexico-Santa Fe, and the Denver Art Museum. Based in Denver since the 1950s, she became one of Colorado’s most accomplished avant-garde artists. She had a keen eye for beauty, working in a variety of media and employing unusual combinations of materials, textures, textiles and paints. Her husband, poet Littleton Todd and owner of Todd Manufacturing specializing in handcrafted wood products, brought home sacks of saw dust that she mixed with oil paint to create lush, appealing surfaces. She also used gravel and found objects such as pieces of burnt wood from a building on East Colfax Avenue, broken asphalt shingles knocked down in a windstorm from a neighbor’s roof, as well as her own paint rags. In the 1970s she did a series of wood collages. Shortly before her death at age 96, the Sandra Phillips Gallery in Denver gave her a mini-retrospective exhibition during which she threaded through the crowd, relishing the adulation accorded her. The directness and honesty of her work, together with her groundbreaking contributions to the Denver art community, have earned her a significant place in Colorado’s art history. © Stan Cuba for David Cook Galleries

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  • Artist
    Ruth Todd (1909 - 2006, United States)
  • Creation Year
    1961
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
    H 48.5 in. x W 96.75 in. x D 1 in.H 123.19 cm x W 245.75 cm x D 2.54 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Denver, CO
  • Reference Number
    LU2734525102
  • Seller Reference Number
    DCG-24465
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