Gertrude Greene was born in New York City in 1904 and was known for her abstract wall reliefs and paintings. Along with her husband, Balcomb Greeene, she was one of the founding members of the American Abstract Artists, where she worked to get abstract art accepted by the major New York museums.

Many scholars have said that Greene was the first American artist to construct non-objective relief sculptures in the 1930s. These constructions showed a synthesis of Russian Constructivist and Cubist themes. By the 1940s her work was more influenced by artists like Piet Modrian and the Neo-Plasticist movement. By the late 1940s, she had abandoned sculpture in favor of paitnings, although as Jacqulien Moss said in Arts Magazine in 1981, her canvases never lost a “sense of architectural structure.”

Gertrude Greene’s work is represented in many public and private collections, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania.

© Berry Campbell, 2015.



Born, 1904, Brooklyn, New York
1924-26, Leonardo da Vinci School of Art, New York
1926, Married Balcomb Greene
Died, 1956, New York

Artist’s Union
Painters and Sculptors Guild
American Abstract Artists
Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors

Laurel Gallery, New York.
Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York.
Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York.
A.C.A. Galleries, New York, 1979.

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 200 Years of American Sculpture: Bicentennial Exhibition, 1976.
The Downtown Branch of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Advocates of Abstraction, 1976.
The Art Museum of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, American Abstract Artists, 1977.
Newark Museum Association, Newark, New Jersey, Geometric Abstraction and Related Works, 1979.

Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York.
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio.
Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Centre College Regional Arts Center, Danville, Kentucky.
Cincinnati Museum of Art, Ohio.
College Art Collection, Housatonic Community College, Stratford, Connecticut.
Columbus Gallery of Fine Art, Ohio.
Finch College Museum of Art, New York.
Guild Hall, East Hampton, Long Island, New York.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, New York.
Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Newark Museum Association, Newark, New Jersey.
Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania.
Rochester Memorial Museum, New York.
Slater Memorial Museum, the Norwich Free Academy, Connecticut.
Telfair Academy of the Arts and Sciences, Savannah, Georgia.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.