Gertrude Greene was born in New York City in 1904 and was known for her abstract wall reliefs and paintings. Along with her husband, Balcomb Greeene, she was one of the founding members of the American Abstract Artists, where she worked to get abstract art accepted by the major New York museums.
Many scholars have said that Greene was the first American artist to construct non-objective relief sculptures in the 1930s. These constructions showed a synthesis of Russian Constructivist and Cubist themes. By the 1940s her work was more influenced by artists like Piet Modrian and the Neo-Plasticist movement. By the late 1940s, she had abandoned sculpture in favor of paitnings, although as Jacqulien Moss said in Arts Magazine in 1981, her canvases never lost a “sense of architectural structure.”
Gertrude Greene’s work is represented in many public and private collections, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania.
© Berry Campbell, 2015.