Gertrude Barrer

04 - Gertrude Barrer, Untitled

Gertrude Barrer
American, 1921 - 1997

Graphite and ink on paper
Gift of the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation

Gertrude Barrer was born in New York City in 1921 and studied at the ArtStudent’s League and the University of Iowa from 1939-1943. She is quoted as saying “Art is a religion and a way of life to me. It involves intellect and constant learning, intellectual as well as just the craft of skills in any medium. I am a thinker who uses art as my discipline, but I live in the world and must find my symbols in the world.”

Barrer was the co-founder and art editor of Iconograph, an avant-garde art and literary magazine that was influential to both the Abstract Expressionist movement and the Indian Space movement. Along with her husband, Frank Russell, Barrer moved to Roxbury, Connecticut in 1959. The two collaborated on numerous projects that included ceramics, murals, illustrations, sculpture and prints. Barrer passed away in 1997.