Ruth Gikow Abstract Painting - Group Therapy
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Ruth Gikow
Group Therapy

1970

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A group of men and women circled up in a group. With colors/hues of red, brown, yellow, and white. Frame is thin. Oil on Canvas with canvas only dimensions of 36 x 46 inches. About the artist: Reaching maturity as an artist during the heyday of abstract expressionism, Ruth Gikow remained committed to a figurative art that, she believed, reflected the humanity of her subjects and was both politically and socially relevant. Her paintings are characterized by a rendering of mood and psychology, often revealing the loneliness and pathos of her subjects "JWA.Org" 1915-1982 During the 1930s Gikow became involved with activist artists' organizations like the Artists' Union and the American Artists' Congress. In the late 1930s she taught at the American Artists School, successor to the radical left-wing John Reed Club Art School.In 1940, while working with the Mural Division of the New York City WPA Art Project, Gikow executed a mural for the children's wing of Bronx Hospital. Entitled Children's Indoor and Outdoor Activities, the mural depicted a world with children and animals living together in harmony. In 1943, the artist was featured in live demonstrations of mural painting at the World's Fair, in which Gikow stood on a 12-foot scaffolding while visitors watched her paint and listened to her explain the process. She also painted commercial murals for retail stores, including Macy's. By 1946, when the artist held her first one-person show of oil paintings, she had participated in group shows at the A.C.A. Gallery and elsewhere, designed textiles, and produced illustrations for such books as Crime and Punishment and History of the Jews in America (a children's text). Gikow was a strong colorist, often mixing her oil paints with turpentine to achieve a more fluid effect.

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  • Dimensions
    H 37.5 in. x W 47.5 in.H 95.25 cm x W 120.65 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference Number
    LU118424308482
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