Perle Fine (New York/Massachusetts, 1905-1988) Abstract Expressionist mixed media collage titled “Encounter” with black, white, and gray paint on shaped and applied wood forms, suggesting human figures intertwining and interacting with geometry and pattern. Signed lower right. Artist’s name and title, en verso. Housed in a plexiglass shadow box. 24 1/4″ H x 24 1/2″ W x 2″ D. American, mid 20th century. Biography: A creator of abstract paintings and collages, Perle studied at the Grand Central School of Art, the Art Students League, and with Hans Hofmann. In 1949 she became one of the few female members of the Eighth Street or Artists Club, at the invitation of Willem de Kooning. She also spent twelve years as a professor of art at Hofstra University in New York. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (source: Askart and the Hofstra Museum). Provenance: a Nashville, Tennessee estate. CONDITION: Overall very good condition. Traces of pencil marks to surface of wood.
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