Amaranth Roslyn Ehrenhalt
About the artist:
Amaranth Roslyn Ehrenhalt was an American painter, sculptor, and writer, who spent the majority of her career living and working in Paris, France before returning to New York City. Ehrenhalt graduated from Olney High School in 1945, and went on to study for one year at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Arts (now known as the University of Arts, Philadelphia), after which, she was awarded an Honors Scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. While attending PAFA, she simultaneously earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania studying French, English, Psychology, and Art History. From 1949 to 1951, Ehrenhalt completed additional studies in Art Appreciation via the Barnes Foundation, attending afternoon classes per week. Ehrenhalt lived in New York City during the heyday of the New York School of Abstract Expressionism and is officially recognized as part of the second wave of American Abstract Expressionists. She socialized with Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline, among others. Her social life revolved around the Cedar Tavern on University Place. Describing life in her fourth floor Greenwich Village walk-up, Ehrenhalt stated: "I painted on the floor, not by choice à la Jackson Pollock but for lack of a table. The painter Al Held and sculptor Ronnie Bladen worked at the Door Store and, upon hearing of my predicament, carried a wooden door up four flights of stairs and plopped it on top of the bathtub. From then on, I could work at a more comfortable height." Ehrenhalt traveled to Paris for the first time in the early 1950s, one of many moves between Paris, Philadelphia, and New York. (She has also lived in Los Angeles, Rome, and Pietrasanta, Italy). She lived and worked in France and Italy for over 30 years. "I have lived many years in Italy and France and was privileged to know, and sometimes exhibit with many writers and artists who have greatly contributed to modern art, i.e. Giacometti, Sonia Delaunay, who invited me to choose my paint supplies and put it on her tab, Hundertwasser, who painted 3 portraits of me, Yves Klein, Alberto Burri, who asked me to translate between him and Martha Jackson for his first show in New York, Joan Mitchell, Sam Francis, Carlo Levi, an Italian writer who painted a portrait of me, and others". Ehrenhalt left Paris in 2008 and moved back to New York City. Later exhibitions and shows include: "Amaranth Ehrenhalt: Au Rythme des Saisons" (2007) at the Maison des Arts de Bagneux, France, "Amaranth Ehrenhalt" (2010), at the Maximillian Gallery in Hollywood, California, "Amaranth Ehrenhalt: A Hidden Treasure" (2012), at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery and Art Foundation, New York City, "Shifting Ecologies" (2014) curated by Marianne Van Lent at The Painting Center, New York City, and "Colorimetry" (2014) at Galerie102 in Ojai, California.
Ehrenhalt died on March 16, 2021, in Manhattan. She was 93, and had been diagnosed with COVID-19 prior to her death. Shop paintings and other works by Amaranth Ehrenhalt online.
Amaranth Roslyn Ehrenhalt was an American painter, sculptor, and writer, who spent the majority of her career living and working in Paris, France before returning to New York City. Ehrenhalt graduated from Olney High School in 1945, and went on to