Ruth Sigrid Grafstrom

Ruth Sigrid Grafstrom (1905–1986) was an American illustrator, producing significant work in fashion illustration during the 1930s and 40s.[1]

Ruth Sigrid Grafstrom
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Born(1905-04-26)April 26, 1905
Rock Island, Illinois
DiedSeptember 7, 1986(1986-09-07) (aged 81)
Resting placeSaint Augustine, Florida
EducationAcadémie Colarossi
Known forIllustration
MovementFashion Illustration

Early lifeEdit

Grafstrom was born on April 26, 1905[2] in Rock Island, Illinois.[1] Her father, Olaf Grafstrom was a painter from Sweden who immigrated to Seattle. His work influenced Northwest realist painters and at one time he chaired the art department at Augustana College. Ruth's mother was also an artist, focusing on ceramics.[1]

Grafstrom attended school in Chicago and Paris and after graduating, worked in fashion illustration.[1]

Artistic careerEdit

She created illustrations for Vogue magazine, including some covers. Grafstrom also contributed illustrations to the Delineator, Cosmopolitan, and other women's magazines.[1] Her illustrations featured real, approachable women. She drew "'real' women...[who] inhabit 'real' space."[3] Her illustrations sometimes included fabric collage, to give the image texture.[4]

Later life & deathEdit

Grafstrom died on September 7, 1986 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Saint Augustine, Florida.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Dowd, D.B. (May 22, 2016). "Ruth Sigrid Grafstrom". D.B. Dowd: Drawing the Social Landscape: Writings on Visual Culture. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Ruth Sigrid Grafstrom". December 15, 2010. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  3. ^ Torre, Rosemary (2011). 20th-century fashion illustration : the feminine ideal. Mineola, NY: Dover.
  4. ^ Blackman, Cally (2007). 100 Years of Fashion Illustration. London, England: Laurence King Publishing.

Examples of Ruth Sigrid Grafstrom's IllustrationsEdit