Lot 133

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Nettie Blanche Lazzell
Massachusetts/West Virginia, (1878-1956)
Daisies, 1932
color woodblock print
Pencil signed and dated lower left.

This rare color white-line woodcut by Blanche Lazzell was done in 1932 in Morgantown, West Virginia. It is listed in the John Clarkson catalogue of her work in 1989 as number 91, in an edition of 4.

Ex. collection of Dave and Reba Williams

Biography from the Archives of askART: Born in Maidsville, West Virginia, Blanche Lazzell became a leading figure in color-woodblock printmaking in a geometric, Cubist influenced style. She is most associated with the art colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts where she belonged to the Provincetown Print Makers founded in 1915.

Lazzell studied at West Virginia University and by 1905, had earned three university degrees, highly unusual for a woman of that time. In 1908, she entered the Art Students League in New York as a pupil of William Merritt Chase, and in 1912, she studied in Paris at the Academie Moderne with Charles Guerin, a modernist, anti-academic teacher.

She returned to Paris in 1923 and 1924 and studied with Fernand Leger, Andre Lhote, and Albert Gleizes. From 1923 to 1930, she exhibited at the Salon d'Automne in Paris.
By 1915, she had established her studio in the art colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and became a leading personality, especially known for her woodblocks. During the 1930s, she was a WPA (Works Progress Administration) artist, completing a set of prints depicting her family life at Morgantown, West Virginia.

Jules and Nancy Heller, North American Women Artists

  • 12 1/4"H x 12 1/4"W (sight), 24 1/4"H x 22 1/4"W (frame)
  • Artist Name:
  • Nettie Blanche Lazzell
  • Medium:
  • color woodblock print
  • Condition:
  • This impression, as originally purchased, has been conserved. The sheet of paper is lined with a thin Japanese paper and there are small repairs in paper beneath the signature and in the margin in the upper left. There is slight color bleeding visible along lower margin.

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February 10, 2024 11:00 AM EST
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