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Alba Heywood, American, (1932–1969)

Ruth in the Studio at Big Sur

1960
Painting
Oil on canvas
39.5 x 26.63 in. (100.33 x 67.64 cm)
Gift of George Solomon
Accession Number: 1997.101


The subject is Russian-born San Francisco author Ruth Solomon Freeman, who was a frequent visitor to the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur, and commissioned the painting. She was best known for the trilogy The Candlesticks and The Cross, The Eagle and the Dove and Two Lives, Two Lands, and the semi-autobiographical The Ultimate Triumph, written between 1967 and 1974.



The artist Alba Heywood, partner of renowned sculptor Loet Van van der Veen, died tragically in a domestic fire in his Big Sur home and studio in 1969.

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