Ruth Egri Holden (1911-1996)

Probably 1960s

Oil on canvas

Gift of Charles and Frances Allmond

Ruth Egri Holden studied and worked as a painter, muralist and art instructor throughout the country, but eventually settled in Wilmington, Delaware. She worked within the modernists modes of Cubism and Dynamic Symmetry and having her work in the collection offers the Biggs the opportunity to emphasize the historical significance of modernist styles to Delaware’s artistic heritage.

For Further Thinking: Although modernists like Holden focused primarily on colors, form, and shape, many visitors have very emotional reactions to this work.

What personal response does this work stir up for you?

Does it feel hopeful, dismayed, comforting, or unsettling?