BHNY Fine Art


Rolph Scarlett (1889-1984)

Rolph Scarlett was born in Ontario, Canada in 1889. He was a painter well known for his modern landscapes and abstractions. He was a member of The Woodstock Art Association, and his works were exhibited at The Art Institute of Chicago, Carnegie Institute, Guggenheim Museum, The New York Metropolitan Museum, and The Whitney Museum of American Art. He lived in various places in the U.S., but eventually settled in New York in 1924. While he was beginning his career as an abstract painter, he designed stages for George Bernard Shaw’s “Man and Superman” and for the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. While in the process of creating the museum of Non-Objective Painting (later the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), in 1939 Solomon Guggenheim and Hilla Rebay began to take an interest in Scarlett’s work. By 1940 he became the new museum’s chief lecturer. He died in Woodstock, New York in 1984.