Oral history interview with Ruth Armer, 1974 Aug. 14

Armer, Ruth , b. 1896 d. 1977
Painter, Collector
Active in San Francisco, Calif.

Size: Sound recording: 1 sound tape reel ; 5 in.
Transcript: 39 p.

Collection Summary: An interview of Ruth Armer conducted 1974 Aug. 14, by Paul J. Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art. Armer speaks of her early interest in art; her education; moving to New York City in 1918; studying at the Art Students League under John Sloan, Robert Henri and George Bellows and the influences of Leo Stein and Max Weber. She discusses her early work in portrait painting; returning to San Francisco and working as a commercial artist; problems facing women artists in the 1930s; becoming a teacher; and her opinions of San Francisco art.

Biographical/Historical Note: Ruth Armer (1896-1977) was a painter and art collector from San Francisco, Calif.

These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

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