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Roberta K. Tarbell

(b Cleveland, OH, May 10, 1885; d New York, Jan 14, 1964).

American sculptor and painter. Robus studied painting with Henry G. Keller (1869–1949) at the Cleveland School of Art (1903–7) and with Emil Carlsen and Edgar M. Ward (1839–1915) at the National Academy of Design, New York (1907–9). Robus supported himself by designing ivory and gold jewellery in the Cleveland Arts and Crafts Workshop of Horace Potter (1873–1948). In Paris (1912–14), Robus saw the Futurist exhibition in 1912, and studied clay modelling with Emile-Antoine Bourdelle at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. He lived near Morgan Russell, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, and František Kupka and discussed with them their non-representational paintings. After 1918 Robus divided his time between New York and New City, NY, an artists’ colony. He depicted speed in Train in Motion (c. 1917–20; Washington, DC, Smithsonian Amer. A. Mus.) with parallel chevrons of saturated colours typical of his Cubo-Futurist paintings. In New York he taught design and painting at the Modern Art School (...