Gertrude Barrer Tile in Frame, Antony and Cleopatra
This vintage tile by Gertrude Barrer-Russell (1921-1992) shows a young male and female couple, possibly Antony and Cleopatra, standing side by side in a landscape, Made in the Abstract Expressionist style this tile measures 6" square. It is housed in its original frame. It is face mounted, surrounded by a slim border of wood, an off-white field then a black frame. Measures 11' x 10 3/4". The tile is in excellent condition. There is wear and a couple flakes on the inner mat. Dates to the early 1950's, a true Mid Century Modern gem.
Gertrude Barrer was born in 1921 in New York City and studied at the Art Student's League from 1939-1942/43 and at the University of Iowa. She has been increasingly credited by art historians over the past 20 years as having been a leading contributor to American Modern Art. She and her husband, artist, Frank Russell, moved to Roxbury CT in 1959, and collaborated on such projects as ceramics, murals, illustrations, sculpture and prints. She was a co-founder and art editor of Iconograph, an avant-garde art/literary magazine that was influential to both the Abstract Expressionist movement and the Indian Space movement. The artist was also an active member of SPIRAL, an association of American Abstract painters who exhibited together throughout the 1950s and 60s.