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Ruth Grotenrath

Ruth Grotenrath (1912-1988), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was an American artist known for her Depression-era W.P.A. murals, modernist compositions, and Japanese-inspired imagery. She graduated from Milwaukee State Teachers college in 1933, and her early work from the 1930s were in the American Regionalist style with serious subjects and somber tones.  In the 1940s, her work incorporated brighter colors and depicted whimsical subjects. She began using water based casein paint and subjects inspired by Japanese art in the 1950s. Her later works, after 1960, were colorful still lifes that incorporated abstract elements and reflected oriental art and culture. She has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout her career, including at the 1939 World’s fair in New York.

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