Anne Truitt was born Anne Dean in 1921 in Baltimore, Maryland. She paints multiple delicate layers of color characterized by subtle variations on wooden constructions which she has fabricated in accordance with scale drawings; the structural elements of these sculptures constitute armatures supporting color. Writing in April, 1965, Truitt stated: "What is important to me in not geometrical shape per se, or color per se, but to make a relationship between shape and color which feels to me like my experience. To make what feels to me like reality." (Private papers.) Truitt's work is in many major museums in the United States, among them The National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of American Art, as well as in collections elsewhere, notably the Panza Collection in Italy. Truitt died in Washington, D.C. in 2004.