|Savannah Landscape, the City Market, 1942 Andrée Ruellan|
|Portrait of Andree Ruellan, |
1930, photo from 2002.
|April, 1914, Andree Ruellan,|
Andree Ruellan was of French descent, her parents ardent socialists who came to America about the turn of the century for political reasons, though history doesn't record the specifics. Recognizing their only daughter's precocious talent, they arranged private art instruction starting about the age of eight. In 1914, Andree created her first published work, April (right) which appeared in the socialist monthly, The Masses, next to an editorial on religious hypocrisy. About the same time, the young artist came to the attention of the Social Realism painter, Robert Henri, who arranged for her to show some of her watercolors and drawings in a show at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, where he and George Bellows also exhibited. In the years that followed, Andree Ruellen's "career" was far from smooth sailing. She was injured in a fire as a child, and later, her father died while she was still in her teens. As a result, Andree began selling her works to help support herself and her widowed mother. In 1920, still only fifteen, she won a scholarship to study at the Art Students League with the painter, Maurice Sterne, whom she followed to Rome on yet another scholarship. Following that, Andree and her mother lived in Paris for the next five years. There, she had her first one-woman show followed a year later (1928) by a second show when they returned to New York. While in Paris, Andree Ruellan met an American artist, John (Jack) Taylor whom she married. The couple, along with her mother, settled in the artist community of Woodstock, New York.
|The Coal Delivery, Andree Ruellan,|
|The Bavarian Chimney Sweep,|
1932, Andree Ruellan
|Sixth Avenue, 1940, Andree Ruellan|
|Spring In Georgia, 1941, Andrée Ruellan, post office mural, Lawrenceville, GA.|
|Flowers, 1975, Andree Ruellan|
|Flowers on a Green Table, Andre Ruellan|
|Dog Circus, ca. 1930, Andree Ruellan|