203  Ledoux  Street
Taos, NM  87571
[ 575 ]  751 - 1262  -  email: art@203fineart.com

Come and Stay in our charming Casita 203:


Beatrice Mandelman (1912-1998)

Born on December 31, 1912 in Newark, New Jersey, from an early age Beatrice Mandelman was determined to be an artist. At age 12, she began taking classes at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art. In the 1930s, she attended Rutgers University, the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art and the Art Students League in New York City.

In 1935 Mandelman was employed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), first as a muralist and then as a printmaker with the Graphic Division of the New York Project. One of the original members of the Silk Screen Unit under Anthony Velonis, Mandelman worked in the WPA until 1942, when it was disbanded.

During this period she was associated with numerous New York School artists including Louis Lozowick, Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Jackson Pollock, and Stuart Davis. By 1941, Mandelman's works were included in important exhibitions at the Chicago Art Institute, the Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

In 1942 Mandelman married Louis Ribak and in 1944, they traveled to Santa Fe to visit Ribak's teacher and mentor, the artist John Sloan, who'd recommended the climate and atmosphere. Finding Santa Fe congested, they took the train along the Rio Grande and a stagecoach up to Taos and decided to settle there. An impulsive and inspired move, it was a decision that would effectively remove them from the art world's mainstream. In 1944 Taos was a well-known art community, but there were no galleries exhibiting modern art. A new influx of artists from New York and California during the late 40s and 50s would change this. A group of these artists, including Mandelman and Ribak, Ed Corbett, Agnes Martin, Oli Sihvonen, and Clay Spohn, would become known as the "Taos Moderns".

Mandelman was an intensely dedicated painter. In the relative isolation of Northern New Mexico she found the freedom to develop a style that was distinctly her own. Inspired by the light, the local color, the landscape and the confluence of diverse cultures in Taos, her work flourished.

Through out her lifetime, together with Ribak and after his death in 1979, Mandelman was adventurous and profoundly curious about art and life and culture. She loved to travel and drew inspiration from it. Over the years she lived for extended periods in Mexico and traveled extensively in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Beatrice Mandelman died on June 25th, 1998 in her home in Taos. In the last months of her life, she produced the thirty-one works in the Winter series. Over the span of seven decades, Beatrice Mandelman produced a body of work consisting of hundreds of paintings, prints, collages, and works on paper.

Please enjoy the following images including our current inventory from
The Mandelman - Ribak Foundation:

Please select each image to enlarge, Images are not to scale.

"Moonlight", oil & enamel on masonite - circa 1959
  35.75" H x 48.25" W

"Untitled (60-SP 1-18)", mixed media collage on matboard -  circa 1960
  19.875" H x 15.875" W

"Untitled (60-P15)", mixed media on matboard -  circa 1960
  36" H x 49" W

"Untitled (50-P63)", casein & enamel on masonite - circa 1959
  48" H x 36" W

"Dawn", casein on masonite with collage - 1960
  36" H x 48" W

"Abstraction in Pale Tones", casein on masonite with gold enamel - 1950's
  48" H x 36" W

"Red & Blue", acrylic on canvas - circa 1960's
47" H x 31" W - SOLD

"Blue Leaf", oil on canvas - circa 1965
50" H x 42" W

"Rocks", casein on masonite - circa 1960's
  48" H x 30" W

"Space Shapes", oil on masonite - circa 1950's
  48" H x 30" W  - SOLD

"Yellow Mood", casein on masonite - circa 1957
  48" H x 36" W - SOLD

"Grey Clouds", casein on masonite with collage - 1948
  16" H x 20" W

"Spring", oil on canvas -  circa 1955
  30" H x 40" W

"Gray Clouds #5", mixed media collage on matboard -  circa 1955
  19.5" H x 15.5" W

"Black #8", acrylic on composition board -  circa 1970'
  10" H x 8" W

"Solena", mixed media collage on paper -  circa 1960's
  8" H x 10" W - SOLD

"Black Forms", mixed media collage on matboard -  circa 1960's
  7.5" H x 9.5" W- SOLD

"Grey Fugue", casein on fiberboard with collage - 1957
  24" H x 6" W - SOLD

"Balkan #5", acrylic on canvas -  circa 1970's
  31.5" H x 23.5" W- SOLD

"Carnival", gouache with collage on paper -  circa 1950
  13" H x 19.5" W

"Red Apple", mixed media collage on cardboard -  circa 1960's
  19.75" H x 15.75" W

"The Mermacolian", acrylic with collage on canvas - circa 1960's
  16" H x 12" W

"Oval", acrylic with collage on paper -  circa 1960
  10" H x 8" W

"Wall Street", collage with  acrylic on board -  circa 1960's
  15.5" H x 11.75" W

"The Course", acrylic on canvas -  circa 1970's
  47" H x 31" W

"Noon", acrylic on canvas panel -  circa 1959's
  17.75" H x 23.75" W - SOLD

"Shapes", acrylic on canvas -  circa 1970's
  31.5" H x 39.25" W

"Red Carnations", serigraph on paper - circa 1944
12.75" H x 15.75" W

"White House in Mexico", gouache on paper - circa 1946
11" H x 17" W - SOLD

"Dark Mountian", serigraph on paper - circa 1944
12" H x 16" W

"Paris II", gouache on paper - circa 1948
20" H x 27" W

"Pool Room", WPA serigraph - circa 1938
10" H x 11" W

"Odelia", serigraph on paper- circa 1944
13" H x 9.5" W

"Taos Landscape - Talpa Valley", oil on canvas - 1944
12" H x 20" W - SOLD

"Still Life with Fruit and Wine Glass", oil on canvas - circa 1945
12" H x 18.5" W - SOLD

"Still Life with Green Candle", oil on panel - circa 1945
22" H x 27" W

"Sonata", acrylic on canvas - circa 1960
20" H x 16" W - SOLD

  "Rift Series #27", acrylic on canvas -  circa 1986
  24" H x 18" W - SOLD

  "Jazz II - Rendezvous #3", acrylic on canvas- circa 1980's
19.75" H x 15.75" W - SOLD

 "Jazz II - Morning Light", acrylic on canvas- circa 1986
36" H x 24" W - SOLD

  "Untitled Abstract", acrylic on canvas- circa 1980's
24" H x 18" W - SOLD