Boston, 1905 - 1988

Perle Fine

Independent, opinionated and talented, Perle Fine’s work spans 50 years of American painting. Fine was an Abstract Expressionist who produced works in multiple modes of abstraction during the 50 years of her prolific career. Fine’s artistic training began in her teens, when she studied illustration and graphic design; she also studied with Kimon Nicolaides, Hans Hofmann, Robert Blackburn, and Pruett Carter. In her own time, she would often go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to copy her favorite painters: Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Though she considers herself foremost a painter, Fine also experimented with etching, collage, and drawing. Though her brushwork became looser and heavier with time, Fine was always recognized for her ability to create visual rhythms using geometric forms, colors, and lines.

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Biography

Independent, opinionated and talented, Perle Fine’s work spans 50 years of American painting. Fine was an Abstract Expressionist who produced works in multiple modes of abstraction during the 50 years of her prolific career. Fine’s artistic training began in her teens, when she studied illustration and graphic design; she also studied with Kimon Nicolaides, Hans Hofmann, Robert Blackburn, and Pruett Carter. In her own time, she would often go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to copy her favorite painters: Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Though she considers herself foremost a painter, Fine also experimented with etching, collage, and drawing. Though her brushwork became looser and heavier with time, Fine was always recognized for her ability to create visual rhythms using geometric forms, colors, and lines.

While still in her teens, Fine moved from her native Boston to New York City to study at the Art Students League with Kimon Nicolades. By the 1930’s her art was firmly anchored in the non-objective, and she joined the circle of Hans Hofmann and his art school. In the early 1940’s, while painting out of a cold water flat on New York’s 8th Street, Fine was one of the young talents and few women promoted by Hilla Rebay and the Guggenheim Museum. Fine’s first individual show was at the Willard Gallery in 1945, and in 1950 she was sponsored by Willem de Kooning and admitted as one of the first women members of the 8th Street Club.

In the 1950’s Fine moved to the Springs section of East Hampton on the eastern end of Long Island where she built her studio in that summer colony turned permanent residence for many artists of the New York School. Her years were filled with painting, individual shows, group shows, and teaching. In spite of a non-compromising personality and a distaste for the commercial realities of the art world, her work remains successful on its own merits.

Abstract expressionist painter Perle Fine remained faithful, throughout a long and prolific career, to her own tenets of the movement. Active in the modern art scene from the 1930’s until the year of her passing in 1988, Fine's creativity explored and reworked several abstract styles and ideas, but always emphasized her ability to produce a certain harmony on canvas. Her work accentuated the beauty of rhythmic variations and the subtle nuances of color, line, shape and space.

Artworks

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Image d'Hiver, 1958

Related Categories

20th Century Art / Abstract Expressionism / Abstract Painting / Abstraction / American Abstract Expressionism / American Art / Art after World War II / Art of the 1950s / Art Students League / Boston / Canvas / Color and Form / Contemporary American Art / Geometric Abstraction / Geometric Forms / Inspired by Impressionism / New York / New York School / Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas / Oil on Canvas / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Rhythmic Expression / Rough and Brave Brushstrokes / United States / Women Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

  • 1986

    Ingber Gallery, New York

  • 1984

    Ingber Gallery, New York

  • 1982

    Ingber Gallery, New York

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Painters of the East End, Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

Collections

  • Brandeis University

  • The Brooklyn Museum

  • Cheekwood Museum of Art

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Solo Exhibitions

  • 1986

    Ingber Gallery, New York

  • 1984

    Ingber Gallery, New York

  • 1982

    Ingber Gallery, New York

  • 1978

    Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York

  • 1977

    Andre Zarre Gallery, New York

  • 1974

    The Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

  • 10 Year Retrospective, Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University

  • 1970

    Studio Show under Auspices of Bykert Gallery, New York

  • 1967

    Graham Gallery, New York

  • 1964

    Graham Gallery, New York (1963-1964)

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Painters of the East End, Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

Collections

  • Brandeis University

  • The Brooklyn Museum

  • Cheekwood Museum of Art

  • Corcoran Gallery

  • University of California at Berkely

  • Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY

  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

  • Hofstra University

  • Indiana University Art Museum

  • MunsonWilliamsProctor Institute