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I was created to create art. I like to express my interpretations of life through various mediums......Ruthe Pearlman

Ruthe Pearlman’s exuberant drawings and paintings have been a part of the Cincinnati artistic landscape for decades, as was her presence in Mt. Adams and at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where a gallery in her name has been established.

Ruthe Pearlman was a Cincinnati phenomenon, representing a generation of Cincinnati artists, Paul Chidlaw, Robert Fabe, Davira Fischer and Janet Rappaport, whose work was collected in the 1950’s (and onwards) in a region not known for collecting the work of living Cincinnati artists.

As her eyesight degenerated, she created an intense series of paintings which document the process of seeing. Pearlman rejected self-limitations, and painted what she saw, how she saw and reminds us that all art is about the nature of vision and perception. In her drawings there is a certainty with line that is so very impressive. With the sparest of means she gives us a pantheon of figure drawings. She will be best remembered for the elegance of her drawings, and reevaluated into the front ranks of Cincinnati – American – women artists.