Painting of the week: Untitled. 1949.

May 12, 2023 | Articles & Exhibits, Photo

Every week during the exhibit “Aurora’s Own Ruth Van Sickle Ford,” we will feature one of the more than two dozen watercolor and oil paintings on display from March 3-May 13, 2023, at the Pierce Art and History Center. Accompanying the images will be commentary by art conservator and Aurora Historical Society museum assistant Scott Sherwood. We hope you will be engaged and enlightened by this feature and that you will come to the Pierce Center to see the paintings up close and personal. Exhibit hours are listed below.

In this painting Ruth Ford thrusts us into something quite different for her, something well-suited to the
Haitian rainforest depicted. Almost abstract, it presents its shapes and colors in the flattest of planes.
Nothing like the streets, stoops, unfettered skies and deep perspectives of her New England paintings
saves us from the enveloping foliage. The viewer nearly has to fight for breath and freedom. Although
she usually depicted people as rather wooden, here she captures a lightly-clad little boy in the most
human of moments, hanging, perhaps hopefully, around the stove.

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