Perle Fine

1905 - 1988

Perle Fine may be one of the best know New York Abstract Expressionists you don't know much about. Clearly a determined individual, Perle Fine became a major figure of the post-war era. She was one of the first women to be admitted to the Artist's Club and, considering the social culture of this era, this was no small feat. By 1949 she already had an enviable exhibition record, which included solo exhibitions at Willard and Betty Parsons in New York and at San Francisco's de Young Museum.Fine was a long time member of the important American Abstract Artists group (AAA). Her education began in her native Boston before she enrolled at the Art Students League in 1935 and fell under the influence of Piet Mondrian. In 1939, she began working with Hans Hofmann, both in New York and at his summer school in Provincetown, MA. Fine broke with Hofmann's theories and sought to find her own, more calm and contemplative mode of expression. After 1970 she focused her efforts on a series of spare, elegant geometric works called Accordments.Fine remained active in the arts throughout her life, teaching at Cornell University and Hofstra University. She had more than 30 solo exhibitions and countless group showings and is represented in numerous museum and private collections. A traveling museum retrospective was organized in 2009 by Hofstra University where Fine had taught. In 2016 she was included in the ground breaking exhibition "Women of Abstract Expressionism" organized by Gwen Chanzit at the Denver Art Museum. The show traveled and a major book has been published by Yale University Press.

Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Perle at her show at Betty Parsons Gallery in 1952.
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Perle Fine, photo by Maurice Berezov
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Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Perle at her show at Betty Parsons Gallery in 1952.
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Perle Fine, photo by Maurice Berezov
#60972
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Untitled, 1958
oil on canvas
77 x 85 inches
#11257
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Cubist Study for Le Violon, 1940
oil on panel
48 x 36 inches
#11260
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Untitled, 1949
oil, sand and scriffito on panel
16 x 18 inches
#9942
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Weathervane, 1944
etching and drypoint
5 3/8 x 5 inches
#12219
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Deep of the Night, 1944
etching and drypoint
7 7/8 x 5 5/8 inches
#12216
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Calm After the Storm, 1944
etching and drypoint
7 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches
#12215
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Carousel, 1944
etching and drypoint
7 3/4 x 5 7/8 inches
#12213
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Untitled, c.1956
gouache on paper
18 x 24 inches
#10795
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Untitled, c. 1956
gouache on paper
18 x 24 inches
#10788
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Bumps and Grinds, 1959
gouache on fold-over collage on paper
22 x 30 inches
#4948
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Study for Softly Moving, n.d.
gouache and oil on paper
7 x 11 inches
#11264
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Study for Char Brown, 1962
oil on canvas
10 x 10 inches
#11270
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Untitled, c. 1960
oil on canvas
13 x 13 inches
#11278
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Surrealist Dreams, c.1959
mylar, gouache, graphite, chalk and collage on paper
22 x 28 inches
#10783
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Transcience, c. 1946
gouache on paper
12 x 16 inches
#10784
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Silences Still, 1966
acrylic polymer emulsion on wood collage
30 x 30 inches
#9961
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Omnipotent One, 1944-46
etching
7 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches
#12220
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Complete Abandon, 1944
softground and line etching
6 7/8 x 4 7/8 inches
#7647
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Shifting Prisms, Second Wave, 1968
acrylic polymer emulsion on wood
30 x 30 inches
#9962