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Ruth Smith (artist)

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Ruth Smith Nielsen (5 April 1913 in Vágur – 26 May 1958) was a Faroese artist. Smith lived for some years in Denmark, where she was educated as a painter: first, at the Bizzie Højer Art School, and, later, at the Art Academy of Copenhagen. Smith married the architect Poul Morell Nielsen in 1945. They lived in Lemvig, Denmark. Later, with her husband, she moved back to the Faroe Islands; and in the last years of her life she lived in the small village of Nes, which is located on the fjord Vágsfjørður between the villages Vágur, where she was born, and Porkeri. Smith enjoyed swimming in the sea; in 1958, she drowned while swimming in Vágsfjørður. Work Ruth Smith dealt with colours more sensitively than many of her contemporaries. She caught the Faroese light in her pictures, and the colours vibrate under brush lines. Inspired by Cézanne, her landscapes have Impressionist influences. Nevertheless, her work is considered representative of realism. Her two
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