The following was submitted by Douglas Howard:Born in Rochester, New York, in 1880, Rufus J. Dryer moved to New York City in 1901, where he studied with Robert Henri. Dryer traveled with Henri's class to Spain in 1908, and in by 1910 had settled in Paris, where he lived and maintained a studio for more than twenty years. His early work in Paris was cubist influenced, but by the 1920's he had reverted to a post-impressionist style, painting a range of landscapes, still lifes, and portraits over the rest of his career.
Dryer exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy, the Salon d’Automne, the Salon des Tuilleries, and the Salon des Independents.
In 1934, Dryer left Paris permanently and moved to his family home, High Acres, in Geneva, New York, where he lived and painted until his death in 1937. He was the subject of posthumous retrospective exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester in 1937, organized by his friend and fellow Henri student, Kathleen McEnery Cunningham.
Dryer, Joseph F. Ancestry of Rufus K. Dryer, with Notes on William Dryer of Rehoboth and Some of His Descendants. Rochester, NY: The Du Bois Press, 1942.
Howard, Douglas W. “At the Margins of Modernism: Rufus J. Dryer and Kathleen McEnery,” in The Art of Kathleen McEnery (Rochester, NY: Hartnett Gallery, 2003), pp. 14-20.
A Retrospective Exhibition of the Paintings of Rufus Dryer. Exhibition Catalogue. Rochester, NY: Memorial Art Gallery, 1937. Catalogue essay by Kathleen McEnery Cunningham.
The artist's name is incorrectly listed in Benezit as L. Rufus Dryer