Prolific and polemic, William Ronald (1926-1998) is one of the most accomplished, collected and contested artists associated with the Painters Eleven group. 

This watercolor, from arguably, the best period of his career, demonstrates a vitality and dynamism that Ronald is renowned for. His "Central Image" works from the late 1950's are highly admired. This work can be easily read as a sketch or preparatory work for this legendary series.

While a bridge between Adolph Gottlieb and William Ronald hasn't been properly explored, we wonder whether this master of Abstract Expressionism had a direct influence on Ronald. Ronald  spent a significant amount of time in New York City during the 1950's.

Ronald graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1951. Shortly thereafter he had his first significant stay in New York City, studying with the legendary Hans Hoffmann. (Lee Krasner studied for an extended period of time with Hoffmann during the same period) In 1957 Ronald had his first exhibition at the Kootz Gallery, two years later a second victorious exhibition. 

It must be emphasized how energetic and fruitful the late 1950s were - besides the Guggenheim purchasing a painting in 1958 - Ronald's work was impactful and well-regarded both in New York and beyond. 

Interested in Painters Eleven? Check out works by its other key members: Jack Bush, Harold Town, and Alexandra Luke

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Signed and dated by the artist

8.25”W 6"H (work)

15"W 12"H (framed)

Framed with museum glass

Very good condition


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