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Ruth Kligman (January 25, 1930 – March 1, 2010) is most commonly known as the muse of several important American artists of the mid 20th century (Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning). She was born in Newark, New Jersey. [1]

De Kooning named a painting for Kligman ("Ruth's Zowie"), and she was the sole survivor of the car crash that killed Pollock and Edith Metzger.[1]

Kligman published a book, Love Affair: A Memoir of Jackson Pollock about her relationship with Pollock. In Ed Harris's 2000 film Pollock, Jennifer Connelly portrayed Kligman.

Kligman was an abstract painter in her own right, working in New York City. Her works include "Joan of Arc" and the "Light and Deman" series.


  1. ^ a b Randy Kennedy (2010-03-06). "Ruth Kligman, Muse and Artist, Dies at 80". The New York Times. 

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