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Jerri Ricci


Watercolor on paper
20 x 26 inches

(American, 1916-1995)

Born Geraldine R. Ricci December 8, 1916 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey the daughter of Italian immigrants Ulysses and Alma Ricci, the artist went by the name Jerri Ricci . She married artitst Arnold Knauth (married 46 years) and since 1946 lived at 1 Atlantic Avenue, Rockport until her death at the Den Mar Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Rockport, 1995. She also maintained a studio at 420 Riveside Drive, NYC.

Ricci was a graduate of Mount St. Mary's in Plainfield, New Jersey and studied art at the Art Students League in New York City. Her father Ulysses Anthony (1888-1960) was a portrait painter who exhibited extensively at the NAD and was famous for his paintings and sculpture. No doubt, Ulysses highly influenced his daughter, who became famous in her own right as a watercolorist of urban scenes. She was a member of the American Watercolor Society (NY), the Audubon Artists Society, the Allied Artists of America, the Rockport Art Association, the North Shore Art Association in Gloucester, the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, an Associate (1951) and an Academician (1994) of the National Academy of Design, the Guild of Boston Artists and an affiliate of the Milch Galleries in New York City. She was also a member of the Sandy Bay Yacht Club in Rockport and the secretary of the Cape Ann Star Fleet for several years in the 1960s.

Jerri Ricci was featured in the American Artist magazine (1954) and her watercolors won many awards at the Allied Artists of America (Gold Medal of Honor for Watercolor Painting, 1942; the E.J. Tonsberg Prize, 1943); the Rockport Art Association, the Neidringhaus Prize, 1946; the Stroud Prize at the American Watercolor Society (1948); and the Arthur C. Friedrichs Prize at the Allied Artists of America, 1948.

Ricci exhibited primarily with the Milch Galleries of New York City and as early as 1948 exhibited an urban New York street scene titled Reflections and A Wet Street (1949) at the National Academy. She is recognized for her fluent, masculine, sure brushwork and expressionistic style in street scenes animated with people and weather.