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Independent, opinionated and talented, Perle Fine’s work spans 50 years of American painting. While still in her teens, Fine moved from her native Boston to New York City to study at the Art Students League with Kimon Nicolades. By the 1930’s her art was firmly anchored in the non-objective, and she joined the circle of Hans Hofmann and his art school. In the early 1940’s, while painting out of a cold water flat on New York’s 8th Street, Fine was one of the young talents and few women promoted by Hilla Rebay and the Guggenheim Museum. Fine’s first individual show was at the Willard Gallery in 1945, and in 1950 she was sponsored by Willem de Kooning and admitted as one of the first women members of the 8th Street Club.

In the 1950’s Fine moved to the Springs section of East Hampton on the eastern end of Long Island where she built her studio in that summer colony turned permanent residence for many artists of the New York School. Her years were filled with painting, individual shows, group shows, and teaching. In spite of a non-compromising personality and a distaste for the commercial realities of the art world, her work remains successful on its own merits.

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