Oil Paint, Canvas
Abstract Colorful Cluster Painting by Ida Rittenberg Kohlmeyer. Painting of small colorful rectangular shapes that float against a grid. Kohlmeyer is known for her Clusters series, an evolution from her return to abstraction where she started creating works consisting of stacked and striated lines of vivid color in geometric arrangements. Currently framed in gold frame. Previously purchased from DuBose Gallery in Houston, Texas.
The daughter of Polish immigrants, Ida Kohlmeyer was born in 1912 in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she would reside for the majority of her life. Following her graduation from Sophie Newcomb Memorial College at Tulane University, she married and raised a family. She casually began studying drawing and painting relatively late in life, taking her first classes at the John McCrady Art School in the French Quarter in 1947. Having discovered a passion for painting, she eventually pursued a master's degree in fine arts at her alma mater. Kohlmeyer produced figurative studies of children and other representational subjects until she graduated in 1956. Immediately following graduation, she spent a formative summer at the Provincetown, Massachusetts, art colony where she studied under Hans Hoffman, the foremost instructor of modernist theory. Kohlmeyer likened her shift towards abstraction to being freed from prison. Her "great awakening" was further cemented by her encounter with Mark Rothko the following year. Rothko, a leading Abstract Expressionist, had come to New Orleans as a visiting artist at Tulane, and he set up his studio at Kohlmeyer's family home. Rothko's influence had such a profound impact on Kohlmeyer that she struggled for years to find her own unique style independent from his. Throughout her active career, which continued into the 1990s, Kohlmeyer successfully exhibited her work in New York galleries and important museums. She considered herself a beneficiary of the feminist art movement and in 1980 received the National Women's Caucus for Art's outstanding achievement award. She described her drive to make art as a "compulsion, a withdrawal from much that is pleasurable in life, a need to work, for which no other activity can substitute, and a constant search for self." Ida Kohlmeyer's work is represented in the permanent collections of such prestigious institutions as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, High Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. Ida Kohlmeyer passed away in 1997 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Dimensions With Frame
H 48.375 in. x W 51.75 in. x D 1.5 in.
Dimensions Without Frame
H 47.5 in. x W 51 in.