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 Ruth (Emerson) Van Cleve  (mid 20th century)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: nude figure painting

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J Parquet

Van Cleve Watercolor
I was interested to learn that she was known for her nude figure painting. I have a watercolor painting very abstract impressionist--not nude but a shoreline. I would like to learn more about her. The picture I have still has the tag on the back. "Old Sculpin Gallery, Martha's Vinyard Association, Dock Street, Edgartown, Massachusetts
Artist: Ruth Van Cleve (Emerson); Title: Chilmark Shore; Medium: Watercolor; Selling Price: $85.00" From reading the discussion board, I would guess the painting was done in the 50's It is such a great painting for Fall. The colors are yellows, gold, brown, orange, salmon with gray to black outlines.

Tim Sedgwick

Ruth Van Cleve
My wife's parents were good friends of Ruth van Cleve and her husband, Guy Emerson. Ruth Van Cleve was a working artist her entire adult life. She was a member of The Arts Student League of New York (and listed as a prominent member). She moved from New York to live full-time on Martha's Vineyard in the 1950s. As a painter she worked primarily in oils and watercolors. Much of her later work was abstract impressionist watercolors. She dies in her 90s on Martha's Vineyard in the the 1990s.


Van Cleve Watercolor
I recently obtained a small watercolor of cranes in flight which looked to me like it might have been painted in the 1940's or early 1950's. It is simply signed van cleve in the lower right corner. I am wondering if anyone is familiar with Ruth Van Cleve.

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