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 Fine, photo by Maurice Berezov
#60972
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)
Perle at her show at Betty Parsons Gallery in 1952.
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Untitled, c.1955
ink on paper
18 x 24 inches
estate stamped signature at lower right; estate stamp verso
#11300
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Untitled, 1957
graphite and paper mounted to museum board
18 x 30 inches
signed and dated at lower right
#10791
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Black on Black #2, 1945
ink and white chalk on paper
16 x 12 inches
signed and dated at lower left
#10794
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Untitled, c. 1957
graphite and ink on paper
14 x 11 inches
estate stamped signature at lower left
#11265
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
template for "A King's Game" - wood collage, 1965
graphite and colored pencil on paper
28 x 26 inches
signed at lower right; Estate stamped verso
#11301
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Untitled, c.1957
graphite and ink on paper
14 x 11 inches
Estate stamped signature at lower left; Estate stamp verso
#11265
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Untitled, 1960
graphite and colored pencil on paper
14 x 18 inches
Estate stamped signature at lower right; Studio estate stamp verso
#11286
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Untitled, 1957
graphite on paper mounted to rag board
18 x 30 inches
signed and dated at lower right; estate stamped verso
#10791
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Untitled, 1960
graphite and colored pencil on paper
14 x 18 inches
Estate stamped signature at lower right; Studio Estate Stamp verso
#11290
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Weathervane, 1944
etching and drypoint
5 3/8 x 5 inches
edition of 30, unsigned impression
#12219
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Deep of the Night, 1944
etching and drypoint
7 7/8 x 5 5/8 inches
unsigned proof
#12216
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Calm After the Storm, 1944
etching and drypoint
7 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches
edtion of 30; signed and numbered
#12215
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Carousel, 1944
etching and drypoint
7 3/4 x 5 7/8 inches
edtion of 30; signed and numbered
#12213
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Omnipotent One, 1944-46
etching
7 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches
unsigned impression
#12220
Perle Fine (1905 - 1988)
Complete Abandon, 1944
softground and line etching
6 7/8 x 4 7/8 inches
signed at lower right; studio stamped verso
#7647