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Alive Still: Nell Blaine, American Painter

Cathy Curtis


In 1942, at age twenty, after a vision-impaired and rebellious childhood in Richmond, Virginia, Nell Blaine decamped for New York. Operations had corrected her eyesight, and she was newly aware of modern art, so different from the literal style of her youthful drawings. In Manhattan, she met rising young artists and poets. Her life was hectic, with raucous parties in her loft, lovers of both sexes, and freelance design jobs, including a stint at the Village Voice. Initially drawn to the rigorous formalism of Piet Mondrian, she received critical praise for her jazzy abstractions. During the 195 ... More

Keywords: Richmond, New York, Gloucester, abstractions, painting, landscapes, flowers, interiors, polio, poets

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190908812
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190908812.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cathy Curtis, author
President, Biographers International Organization, Los Angeles, CA, USA