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Artist
Andrée Ruellan
Title
Savannah
Date
c. 1942
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
Canvas: 26 × 36 1/2 inches (66 × 92.7 cm)Framed: 35 7/16 × 45 7/16 × 3 5/8 inches (90 × 115.4 × 9.2 cm)
Tags
Painting
Credit Line
Museum purchase.
Accession Number
1998.8
This painting typifies the straightforward, naturalistic presentation of contemporary life of the “American Scene” style of painting popular during the 1930s and 40s. Andrée Ruellan first visited Savannah in 1941; on later trips, she worked with New York artist Alexander Brook in his Savannah studio. Described as a child prodigy, she was invited to exhibit drawings with Robert Henri and George Bellows when she was only nine. At age 15, she earned a scholarship to the Art Students League. In this painting we can easily read the Dixie Paper Co. sign on the top of a building beside the Barnard Street ramp leading down to the Savannah River. Typical of Ruellan’s work from the 1940s, this work depicts the ordinary, daily activities of the city’s active river district.