A Survey of Women Artists Working in California, 1860-1960

Ruth Miller Kempster, self portrait, oil paintingIn March of 2019, the LACMA Blog by William Poundstone discussed one of the female artists that have been brought to light via “Emerging from the Shadows.” Ruth Miller Kempster was one of 150 California female artists that went on exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History’s show, “Something Revealed: California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960.” 

As the LACMA On Fire blog had to say, “The biggest find may be Ruth Blanchard Miller Kempster (1904-78), an inventive painter and muralist who worked in a Magic Realist mode. In her unfinished 1950 self-portrait, Kempster  casts a withering side-eye at this man’s, man’s, man’s world. She holds her paintbrush like Cruella de Vil would.”

It is an interesting and informative piece that you can read here: LACMA article on Ruth Miller Kempster