b. 1909, USA

Gertrude Abercrombie Biography

Gertrude Abercrombie (b. 1909, Austin, TX; d. 1977, Chicago, IL) was a critical, under-considered fixture of mid-century American Surrealism. Well-known as a staple of the Chicago jazz scene, Abercrombie earned the epithets "queen of the bohemian artists" and the "other Gertrude," in reference to Gertrude Stein. Her diaristic paintings were preceded by the legacy of French Surrealism and succeeded by the Chicago Imagists of the 1960s, such as Christina Ramberg, Jim Nutt, and Roger Brown. Rooted in fantasy, Abercrombie's dreamscapes, still lifes, and self-portraits feature a visual lexicon inspired by her daily life: shells, eggs, black cats, doors, bowls of fruit, Victorian furniture, and moonlit landscapes.

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Abercrombie's work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Lewistown, Lockport; The Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; and Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee.

Text courtesy Karma.

Gertrude Abercrombie Featured Artworks

Little Silo by Gertrude Abercrombie contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Gertrude Abercrombie Little Silo, 1954 Oil on masonite
11.4 x 8.9 cm
Karma Contact Gallery
Out in the Country by Gertrude Abercrombie contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Gertrude Abercrombie Out in the Country, 1939 Oil on canvas
59.1 x 74.3 cm
Karma Contact Gallery
Winding Road by Gertrude Abercrombie contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Gertrude Abercrombie Winding Road, 1939 Oil on board
20 x 25.4 cm
Karma Contact Gallery

Gertrude Abercrombie Represented By

Karma contemporary art gallery in 188 E 2nd Street, New York, USA Karma New York

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