Levey said, “Renett remains an underground figure in Anger’s underground due to both geography and gender, such that her many talents and interests in film, costume design, and literature have influenced her work as a painter.” Didn’t pay serious attention.” “In a place like The Ranch, with so much of its history,” he said, “it makes sense to showcase artists with this complexity.”
Born in Vienna in 1921, she studied painting at the Vienna Art Academy for Women. Drucks, who was Jewish, fled Austria in 1938 with her husband, a US citizen, on the brink of Nazi occupation. In the 1940s, she arrived in Los Angeles, where she became immersed in a mid-century art scene. a close friend of Anger And author Anas Nin, she threw famous (and infamous) costume parties in Malibu, in which for one she asked guests to dress up as her own special madness—which inspired the “opening of the Pleasure Dome.”
“Her paintings are extraordinary, like a missing link between Leonora Carrington and Leonor Finney,” said Lisa Janssen, who is working on Drucks’ biography. Carrington, a British surrealist who worked mostly in Mexico in the early 1940s, was known for his fictional figures, many inspired by mythology and folklore; Born in Argentina and raised in Italy, Finney created phenomenal painting of powerful women and was part of “Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism” In 1936 at the Museum of Modern Art.
Druks, for his part, Janssen “depicts women with their animal familiars and pagan furnishings, yet the life of a twilight table set with magic objects, all in deep, intense colours, is full of hidden dream meanings.” ” “That woman must be in the canon of the Surrealists.”⠀