Cityscape with Figures
14 3/8 x 10 7/16" image
pencil, lower right
dated 4/62 after signature; titled in pencil, lower left
Jean Halpter-Ryden's artistic themes often revolve around everyday environments that eloquently combine manmade and organic elements. The modernist style of “Cityscape” explores the intimate spatial dynamic of two figures - possibly a parent and child - walking within a quiet cityscape. Painter and printmaker Jean Halpert-Ryden was born in New York City in 1919. A mostly independent student of art, Halpert-Ryden studied at Brooklyn College. She went on to study with a collective under painter and stage designer Moi Solotaroff, and participated in her first show at the Norlyst Gallery (Manhattan, 1946), before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1949. She met and married artist and designer Edward Ryder in Boulder, Colorado, in 1947. Two years later they moved to the Bay Area where both artists continued to study and exhibit, and in 1971 they traveled to Israel. In 1985 they took up residence there, where they helped found a community in the Galilee Hills. Both artists continued their artistic endeavors, until their return to California in 2002. Halpert-Ryden's art is included in both private and public collections throughout the U.S. Solo exhibitions include: Lucien Labaudt Gallery; City of Paris, Rotunda Gallery; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1959; Galerie Mirage, Montpellier, France; Hansen Gallery; Gallery III; ACCI Gallery; Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art; Soderberg Gallery, College of Western Galilee, Israel. Selected Exhibitions: The Art Bank of the San Francisco Art Association, 1958, 59, 60, 62, 63, 64, 66; Winter Invitational, California Palace of The Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1960, 62. Awards: San Francisco Art Association Prize, California Watercolor Society Annual Purchase Prize, San Francisco Woman Artists Prizes Public Collections: San Francisco Art Commission; IBM Corporation; A Mickiewicz Museum, Warsaw; Kaiser Corporation; Clorox Corp. Literature: Thomas Albright, Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-1980; San Francisco Art Association (Institute) Catalog of the Art Bank.