Anemones with Red Cloth

Oil on canvas
30 x 18 1/4 inches
Circa 1961–1962
Work on loan: Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia

As published in: Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection

As exhibited in:
Our Own Work, Our Own Way: Ascendant Women in the Johnson Collection, Columbia Museum of Art, 2023, Columbia, South Carolina

Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection, 20182021, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson; Huntington Museum of Art, West Virginia; Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee; Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina; Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina; Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia

Named by Life magazine as one of the leading American women artists at mid-century, Nell Blaine devoted her prolific career to the exploration of art, seamlessly moving between naturalism and abstraction. When polio confined her to a wheelchair in 1959, the native Virginian modified her approach, creating smaller compositions that reflected greater intimacy with the canvas. This light-filled still life is representative of Blaine’s new direction: painterly forms in exuberant, saturated colors are activated through dynamic brushstrokes.


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