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Ruth A (Temple) Anderson

 (1891 - 1957)
Ruth A. (Temple) Anderson was active/lived in Massachusetts, Maryland.  Ruth Anderson is known for harbor genre, portrait, and figure painting.

Ruth A. (Temple) Anderson

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Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Ruth Anderson received her first art instruction from her aunt, Esther Mathilda Groome. Anderson enrolled at a boarding school in West Chester, where her aunt headed the art department. She and her aunt studied together in Europe, and then Ruth enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1905. Among her teachers were Cecilia Beaux, William Merritt Chase, Hugh Breckenridge, Thomas Anshutz, J Alden Weir, and Emil Carlson.

She married Samuel Temple, and they lived in Boston and Gloucester where from 1916, she painted the beach scenes for which she is known. She was a founding member and exhibitor of the North Shore Arts Association.

From 1950 to her death in 1957, she was blind.

Paul Sternberg, Sr., "Art by American Women"

Biography from Pierce Galleries, Inc.
Ruth A. Anderson was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1891 and died in Boston in 1957. She lived throughout her professional career in Baltimore (until 1920), Boston (1920-1957) and summered in Gloucester. She studied with her aunt Esther M. Groome, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art with Anschutz, Breckenridge, Cecilia Beaux, William Merritt Chase, Jonas Lie; and on a Cresson Traveling Scholarship (1912) with Emil Carlsen and J. Alden Weir.

Anderson was a member of the North Shore Art Association, the Guild of Boston Artists, Washington, DC Society of Artists, Plastic Club and the National American Women Artists. She exhibited extensively at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (1917-1932), the National Academy Annuals (1917-1920, 1923), the Art Institute of Chicago (1920-1922), the Corcoran Gallery (1919-1926), the Macbeth Gallery (NYC 1923) and won awards at the National American Women Artists (1922) and the North Shore Art Association (1930).

Because of a fire in her Boston studio at 53 Charles Street, many of Anderson’s works were destroyed during the Great Depression. She was known well for her Gloucester harbor and beach views and her light, bright, loosely constructed impressionism is individually unique. She was married to Samuel Temple and is written about in Pettey’s Dictionary of Women Artists and Who's Who in American Art (through 1940).
It has been 30 years since we have seen a large Gloucester view available by Ruth A. Anderson. Her works of this magnitude are desirable, beautifully orchestrated and rare.

Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art (volume 1)

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About  Ruth A. (Temple) Anderson

Born:  1891 - Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Died:   1957 - Boston, Massachusetts
Known for:  harbor genre, portrait, and figure painting