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Louis Ribak

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A painted portrait of who ?

Sometimes it matters less. 

This is one of these times.  We can only appreciate Ribak's choice of a sitter. Her portrait provokes contemplation:  what is she reliving, as she sits for the artist?

Add to the experience one gorgeous frame made by a Taos framer,  

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A painted portrait of who ?

Sometimes it matters less. 

This is one of these times.  We can only appreciate Ribak's choice of a sitter. Her portrait provokes contemplation:  what is she reliving, as she sits for the artist?

Add to the experience one gorgeous frame made by a Taos framer,  

About the Artist Louis Ribak was born in Russian Poland in 1902. At age ten his family emigrated to the United States and settled in New York. In the early 1920s he studied under John Sloan at the Art Students League. During the 1930s Ribak found employment as a muralist with the Works Project Administration. working alongside Mexican muralist Diego Rivera on the mural in Rockefeller Center. Ribak worked in a social realist manner. creating vibrant images of urban life. His work was included in the 1934 Venice Biennial art exhibition. In 1942 he married artist Bea Mandelman and at the invitation of John Sloan, a Santa Fe summer resident, moved to New Mexico. The couple opened the Taos Valley Art School, where they instructed, in addition to developing a more modernist approach to their own work. They were part of the founding of the Taos Art Association and the Stables Gallery in the early 50's. In 1959 Ribak and Mandelman opened Gallery Ribak, exhibiting their own work as well as work by other Taos artists.
Medium Oil on canvas
Sight size 29 3/4" height X 13 3/4" width
Frame Created by Leah Sobol, metallic leaf on wood, very custom !
Frame size 34 1/2" height X 18 1/2" width
Signed "L. Ribak" at viewer's lower right
Date of creation Circa 1930
Condition Excellent to good, as painting has been expertly lined.
Provenance KP