ROLPH SCARLETT (1889-1984)

ROLPH SCARLETT (1889-1984)

Canadian-American painter, Rolph Scarlett’s (1889-1984) brush with critical and historic fame began in 1939 when his work was discovered by Baroness Hilla Rebay, founding director of Solomon Guggenheim’s first museum, The Museum of Non-Objective Painting in New York. He became the third most highly collected artist of the Guggenheim collection after Vasily Kandinsky and Rudolf Bauer, and maintained a position as a lecturer in the museum. But upon Solomon’s death in 1949, the Guggenheim family banished Rebay from the museum, and most of the non-objective collection went into storage, including Scarlett’s. He recounted this period in a bittersweet memoir, The Baroness, The Mogul, And The Forgotten History Of The First Guggenheim Museum: As Told By One Who Was There.

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