Ruth Egri

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Ruth Egri
Archives of American Art - Ruth Egri - 2079.jpg
Ruth Egri, photographed for the Works Progress Administration, New York, NY. From the collection of the Archives of American Art.
Born 1911 (1911)
Died 1996 (1997)
Nationality American
Known for Figure painter, muralist, illustrator

Ruth Egri (1911–1996) was an American artist, painter, muralist, educator, and illustrator who worked in the Federal Art Project and in the WPA New Reading Materials Program during the New Deal. She is known for her mural at Lincoln Hospital (Bronx, New York),[1] and for teaching mural painting at the Spokane Art Center, Washington.[2]


Egri studied at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League of New York, and the Master Institute of the Roerich Museum with Howard Giles.[3]


Egri's parents were Ilona and playwright Lajos Egri and she had multiple brothers.[3]


On top of all her art projects, Egri was also an educator who taught courses at the Spokane Art Center in Washington and the WPA's New Reading Materials Program, sponsored by the NYC Board of Education. Egri was most interested in making art that primarily expressed the female figure.[3]


Egri's art works that have been discovered upon her death include:

  • 2 sketchbooks
  • 14 loose sketches
  • 21 drawings
  • 13 watercolors

She also painted an exhibit in Taos, New Mexico with her brother Ted Egri.[3]


Her illustrations appeared in three children's books.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Ruth Egri papers, 1923-1988.". Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  2. ^ "Oral history interview of the board of the Spokane Art Center, 1965 Nov. 18 - Oral Histories". Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Summary of the Ruth Egri Papers, 1923-1988". Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Medical murals." Direction 1 (June 1938): cover, 14-15. Photo essay on murals with medical themes in hospitals by Eric Mose and Ruth Egri (Lincoln Hospital, NYC), and Rudolph Crimi (Harlem Hospital). Cover photograph of Mose at work.

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Works Progress Administration.