Rudolph T. Pen

American, 1918 - 1989


Rudolph Pen, a prolific American artist, was a Chicago native. He graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago and served on its faculty from 1948 until 1963. His long association with the "Institute" included service as President of the Alumni Association and Director of Oxbow, the Art Institute's summer school of painting.

His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries. Pen is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including a Huntington Hartford Foundation Grant, an award from the National Academy of Design in New York City and the Art Institute of Chicago's prestigious Joseph Ryerson Fellowship.

The work of Rudolph Pen may be seen in public collections (The Library of Congress, The Vincent Price Collection, The Davenport Museum, Art Institute of Chicago) as well as in private collections throughout America.

Subject and Medium:

Pen's work embraces a large variety of subject matter, inspired by his extensive travel in Europe, South and Central America, the Caribbean, and North Africa. His subjects include landscapes, seascapes, horse races, boat races, still lifes, dancers and musicians as well as medical, religious and political works. As a courtroom artist, Pen's work was often seen on TV during a particularly exciting time in Chicago's history. He worked in a wide range of media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink, charcoal and pastel. He was a member of the American Watercolor Society. Additionally, there is a large selection of prints and drawings.

Style and Philosophy:

Rudolph Pen understood on an instinctive and molecular level that all things move. His work explores the way in which things move within unusual (often trapezoidal) shapes. Pen believed that our eyes rarely look at anything steadily and directly. His work leads the viewer beyond the confinement of the "square." Most importantly, Pen felt that innovation is the key to art. He is documented as the first artist to advocate shaped canvases.

Source: Ron Pen, son of the artist.

  • Pen 16261
    Untitled (Sailing Off Belmont Harbor, Chicago), ca. 1950s
    Oil on Masonite
    24 x 36 inches

    Signed Pen, lower right

    #16261
  • Pen 16236
    Still Life, ca. 1950s
    Acrylic on Masonite
    16 x 11 3/4 inches

    Signed Pen, lower right

    #16236
  • Pen 7239
    Untitled (City at Night), ca. 1945
    Oil on panel
    38 x 85 inches

    Signed Pen, lower right.

    #7239
  • Pen 16265
    Untitled (Beach Scene), ca. 1955
    Acrylic on Masonite
    20 x 36 inches

    Signed Pen, lower right

    #16265
  • Pen 7241 ur
    Outdoor Cafe
    Oil on Masonite, in original frame
    42 x 52 inches

    Signed Pen lower center; titled on reverse.

    #7241
  • Pen 7233
    Belmont Harbor, ca. 1950
    Oil on canvas
    32 x 38 inches

    Signed Pen, lower right; signed and titled on reverse.

    #7233
  • Pen 16255
    Untitled (Chicago), ca. 1950
    Oil on Masonite
    24 x 37 inches

    Signed Pen, lower left

    #16255
  • Pen 7236
    Untitled (Sailing)
    Oil on Masonite
    24 x 36 inches
    #7236
  • Pen 16587
    Untitled (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), ca. 1955
    Charcoal on paper
    20 x 26 inches
    #16587
  • Pen 16289
    Untitled (City Parkway), ca. 1940s
    Watercolor on paper
    13 x 20 inches

    Signed Pen, lower right

    #16289
  • Pen 16304
    Untitled (Cafe Scene)
    Watercolor and pastel on paper
    19 x 25 inches
    #16304
  • Pen 16689
    Untitled (Beach Scene)
    Watercolor on paper
    13 1/4 x 26 inches
    #16689
  • Pen 16395
    Untitled (Saugatuck)
    Watercolor and pastel on paper
    10 x 16 inches

    Signed Pen, lower left

    #16395
  • Pen 16720
    Untitled (Mountain Landscape)
    Watercolor and pastel on paper
    23 x 35 inches

    Signed Pen, lower left

    #16720
  • Pen 16411
    Untitled (Coastal Scene, Afternoon Sun)
    Watercolor and pastel on paper
    19 x 25 inches
    #16411
  • Pen 16699
    Untitled (Summer Garden)
    Watercolor, pastel and graphite on paper
    18 1/2 x 26 1/4 inches
    #16699
  • Pen 16915
    Untitled (Summer Garden)
    Watercolor and pastel on paper
    20 x 26 inches
    #16915
  • Pen 16704
    Untitled (Summer Garden)
    Watercolor, pastel and graphite on paper
    19 x 25 inches

    Signed Pen, lower right

    #16704
  • Pen 11098
    Untitled (Moonrise), ca. 1950
    Watercolor on paper
    16 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches

    Signed Pen, lower left.

    #11098
  • Pen 6929
    Untitled (Landscape)
    Watercolor, pastel, and charcoal on paper
    26 x 40 inches

    Signed Pen, lower right.

    #6929
  • Pen 6930
    Untitled (Landscape)
    Watercolor, pastel, and charcoal on paper
    26 x 40 inches

    Signed Pen, lower right.

    #6930
  • Pen 16871
    Untitled (Landscape, Woods)
    Watercolor on paper
    11 x 17 1/2 inches
    #16871
  • Pen 16873
    Untitled (Landscape, Woods)
    Watercolor and pastel on paper
    13 1/4 x 24 inches
    #16873
  • Pen 16240
    Untitled (Summer Landscape), ca. 1950s
    Pastel on paper
    20 x 26 inches
    #16240
  • Pen 16794 ur
    Untitled (Landscape, Woods)
    Watercolor on paper
    5 1/2 x 17 inches
    #16794
  • Pen 16858
    Untitled (Landscape, Woods)
    Watercolor on paper
    12 x 18 inches
    #16858
  • Pen 16461
    Untitled (Landscape)
    Watercolor on paper
    19 x 25 inches
    #16461
  • Pen 16716
    Untitled (Palms)
    Watercolor, pastel and graphite on paper
    30 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches

    Signed Pen, lower right

    #16716
    SOLD
  • Pen 16713
    Untitled (Woods)
    Watercolor on paper
    23 1/4 x 35 1/4 inches
    #16713
  • Pen 16753
    Untitled, ca. 1960s
    Watercolor on paper
    20 x 26 inches
    #16753
  • Pen 16441
    Untitled (Garden)
    Watercolor, pastel and graphite on paper
    20 3/4 x 25 3/4 inches
    #16441
  • Pen 16440
    Untitled (Garden)
    Watercolor, pastel and graphite on paper
    20 x 26 inches
    #16440
  • Pen 16715
    Untitled (Rooftops)
    Watercolor on paper
    22 3/4 x 31 1/2 inches

    Signed Pen, lower right

    #16715
  • Pen 16732
    Untitled (City View from Terrace)
    Watercolor and pastel & charcoal on paper
    22 1/2 x 35 inches

    Signed Pen, lower right

    #16732
  • Pen 16691
    Untitled (Harbor Scene)
    Watercolor, pastel and graphite on paper
    11 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches
    #16691
  • Pen 16476
    Untitled (Harbor Scene)
    Watercolor on paper
    25 x 39 inches

    Signed Pen, lower right

    #16476
  • Pen 16662
    Untitled (Harbor Scene)
    Watercolor and pastel on paper
    18 x 11 inches
    #16662
  • Pen 16795
    Untitled (Lincoln Park, Chicago), ca. 1950s
    Watercolor and pastel on paper
    11 x 9 inches

    Signed Pen, lower right

    #16795
  • Pen 16242
    Untitled (Harbor Scene), ca. 1950s
    Watercolor and pastel on paper
    18 x 24 inches

    Signed Pen, lower right

    #16242
  • Pen 16241
    Untitled (Harbor Scene), ca. 1940s
    Watercolor on paper
    25 x 38 inches

    Signed Pen, lower right

    #16271
  • Pen 16658
    Untitled (Harbor Scene), ca. 1950s
    Watercolor and pastel on paper
    15 x 22 1/4 inches
    #16658
  • Pen 16627
    Untitled (Chicago), ca. 1948
    Watercolor and pastel on paper
    13 x 19 inches

    Signed Pen, lower right; Signed on reverse

    #16627
  • Pen 16626
    Untitled (Floral Patterns), ca. 1960s
    Pastel on paper
    18 x 12 inches
    #16626
  • Pen 16864
    Untitled (Landscape, Woods)
    Pastel on paper
    17 x 11 inches

    Signed Pen lower right

    #16864
  • Pen 16747
    Untitled (Summer Garden)
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    26 x 20 inches
    #16747
  • Pen 16769
    Untitled (Rooftops, Florence)
    Pastel on paper
    17 x 11 inches

    Signed Pen, lower left

    #16769
  • Pen 16298
    Untitled (City View, Rooftops- Florence)
    Pastel on paper
    11 x 17 inches
    #16298
  • Pen 16299
    Untitled (Florence)
    Pastel on paper
    11 x 17 inches
    #16299
  • Pen 16783
    Untitled (Horse Race), ca. 1950s
    Pastel and charcoal on paper
    11 x 17 inches
    #16783
  • Pen 6940
    Untitled (Horse Race), ca. 1950s
    Charcoal on paper
    12 3/4 x 38 3/4 inches

    Signed Pen lower right.

    #6940
  • Pen 16605
    Untitled (Harbor Scene), ca. 1950s
    Ink on paper
    12 x 19 inches
    #16605
  • Pen 16480
    Untitled (Landscape, Pond View)
    Watercolor and charcoal on paper
    40 x 26 inches
    #16480
    SOLD
  • Pen 16591
    Untitled (Landscape, Woods)
    Charcoal on paper
    20 x 26 inches

    Signed Pen, lower right

    #16591
  • Pen 16531
    Untitled, ca. 1950s
    Ink on paper
    12 1/2 x 20 inches

    Signed Pen, lower right

    #16531

Rudolph Pen, a prolific American artist, was a Chicago native. He graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago and served on its faculty from 1948 until 1963. His long association with the "Institute" included service as President of the Alumni Association and Director of Oxbow, the Art Institute's summer school of painting.

His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries. Pen is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including a Huntington Hartford Foundation Grant, an award from the National Academy of Design in New York City and the Art Institute of Chicago's prestigious Joseph Ryerson Fellowship.

The work of Rudolph Pen may be seen in public collections (The Library of Congress, The Vincent Price Collection, The Davenport Museum, Art Institute of Chicago) as well as in private collections throughout America.

Subject and Medium:

Pen's work embraces a large variety of subject matter, inspired by his extensive travel in Europe, South and Central America, the Caribbean, and North Africa. His subjects include landscapes, seascapes, horse races, boat races, still lifes, dancers and musicians as well as medical, religious and political works. As a courtroom artist, Pen's work was often seen on TV during a particularly exciting time in Chicago's history. He worked in a wide range of media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink, charcoal and pastel. He was a member of the American Watercolor Society. Additionally, there is a large selection of prints and drawings.

Style and Philosophy:

Rudolph Pen understood on an instinctive and molecular level that all things move. His work explores the way in which things move within unusual (often trapezoidal) shapes. Pen believed that our eyes rarely look at anything steadily and directly. His work leads the viewer beyond the confinement of the "square." Most importantly, Pen felt that innovation is the key to art. He is documented as the first artist to advocate shaped canvases.

Source: Ron Pen, son of the artist.

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