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Nell Blaine

Fischbach Gallery

Nell Blaine’s recent still lifes and landscapes come at you like some enchanting refrain. They reverberate as if with the theme of a paean in praise of painting, proposing a harmony between art and life. What has enabled Blaine to achieve this in her oils and watercolors is the very personal path she has navigated between two of the major factions of 20th-century art. Blaine studied with Hans Hofmann in the mid ’40s, was fascinated by Piet Mondrian, and was a member of the collective American Abstract Artists. By the late ’50s, however, she turned toward the world of appearances with a fresh openness. This change in direction was reinforced, she recalled, by her contact with the French painter Jean Hélion, who made a similar journey through abstraction and back to representation.

Blaine has applied the lessons of abstraction to build a style of realism notable for its intensity. She brings

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