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Lazzell, Blanche


gouache on paper

1989 Purchase funded by The Collectors Club

A native West Virginian, Blanche Lazzell was one of the first women to introduce modern art to America. In 1912, she traveled to Paris where she saw the work of cubist artists Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. In her art, Lazzell communicated depth through flat shapes, repeated geometric patterns, and color. She returned to Paris in 1923 to study with the French modern artist Fernand Leger, who had a tremendous impact on Stuart Davis during the 1930s. After World War I, Lazzell settled in Provincetown, Massachusetts where she and other artists who had studied in Paris formed a new art colony. She pioneered and popularized a block printing process known as the Provincetown Print.

"Abstraction" reveals Lazzell's comfort in exploring various art materials and styles throughout her life. This piece has the muted colors favored by early Cubist artists and is accented with a bolder shade of red.