Mid century scene of an urban street, likely in Chicago, where Ruth Van Sickle Ford (1897 - 1980) lived, painted and taught for much of her life. A 19th C. building dominates the scene, but a crane lifting a load behind it indicates things are changing. Below, mid century cars line the street and pedestrians walk past, absorbed in their present concerns. Signed lower right "R. Ford A.W.S."
Ford studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and at the Arts Student League in New York City. She also studied at various times under George Bellows, John Carlson, Guy Wiggins and Jonas Lie. She is a member of the American Watercolor Society, Chicago Painters and Sculptors and the Artist Guild of Chicago, among others. Ford was the first woman accepted into the Palette and Chisel Academy, an exclusive Chicago association of artists. Period mid-century frame.
Approx. 36" x 28" (frame)