Ruth Anderson (1891-1957)

Ruth Anderson (1891-1957)

Ruth Anderson’s bold colors and vigorous brushstrokes give her paintings a sense of strength and intensity; and her distinctive style of adding black paint in her canvases to provide definition between light and dark set her apart from other impressionist painters. 

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Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Ruth Anderson and was introduced to art at an early age by her Aunt, Esther M. Groome.   In 1905 she enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she studied under Cecilia Beaux, William Merritt Chase and Thomas Anschutz. She received the prestigious Cresson Travelling Scholarship in 1912 and the following year she went abroad visiting London, Paris, Florence, Venice, Madrid and Tangiers.

In 1916 she returned to the United States and settled briefly in Baltimore, Maryland, before marrying Samuel Temple in 1918. Shortly after they were married the couple moved to Beacon Hill in Boston where Anderson established a studio. During the summers she spent time painting in East Gloucester and became well known for her beach and seascapes.

Anderson was a longtime exhibitor at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art from 1917 until 1932. Her work was also shown at the National Academy of Design, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the North Shore Arts Association where she was a member.

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