Rose Kuper, American (1888-1987).
Noted for her strong abstract compositions and particular skill with colors, Rose Kuper used many media,
ranging from oil paintings, watercolors, etchings, lithographs, collages, monoprints, crayon impressions,
ink and others. Her style ranged from realist in the beginning through abstract impressionism. Her most
original contribution has been the use of printers' ink on the reverse of glass, culminating in a solo
show at the Corning Museum of Glass, New York.
Born October 9, 1888, in Riga Latvia, Rose Kuper moved at the age of six months with her family to London,
where she lived until the age of 5, when they came to New York City. She became primarily a New York City
artist, belonged to the Manhattan Group, although she also did much painting in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
She was active with the Brooklyn Art Association, the Art Students League and the National Association of
Women Artists, which she served on the Executive Board from 1951 to 1954. She was also an instructor in the
New York public schools and was married to Theodore Kuper.
In New York, she earned a B.A. Degree at Hunter College and studied with Abstract Expressionists Hans Hoffmann
and Abraham Rattner. Her first teacher was Teresa Bernstein, with whom she studied in 1927. Kuper began as
an independent artist with a painting trip to Brittany in 1930, and ended with a retrospective show at the
Whittier Museum in October, 1984. In between, she gained representation in the permanent collections of
seventeen public institutions: colleges, museums and libraries, and had 18 one-artist exhibitions.
Signed lower right.
Oil on paper. 16" x 20"